Chris Young made his first start for the Mets and performed as Terry Collins and the Mets had hoped. He pitched into the 6th inning, officially going 5.1 innings, allowing only one run and striking out seven. Young also had a three hit game, including two hits in the 6-run 3rd inning. The Mets improved to 3-1 on the young season, all coming away from Citi Field.

New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Young delivers a pitch to the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 5, 2011.

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Recap

Chris Young did it all tonight. The Princeton grad was right at home in his first start with the Mets as he picked up the win after his 5.1, 7 strikeout performance. The Mets used a six run 3rd inning to put the game in hand. Young wasn’t the only one playing tonight though as David Wright had a four hit night with a double and 2 RBIs and the bullpen combined to allow only two hits over the last 3.2 innings.

As a whole, the team was patient once again at the plate. They worked four walks, and totaled 13 hits. They also showed their speed on the base paths as Reyes, Pagan, and Wright all recorded a stolen base.

The Phillies aren’t so scary without Chase Utley in the lineup as they were held to only one extra base hit, and seven hits in all. All in all, another nice road victory for the Mets. They call 3 in a row, a winning streak.

Key Facts:

Chris Young had the first three hit night of his career and became the first Met pitcher in franchise history to record two hits in one inning.

A fan was called for interference along the right field line on a ball Beltran was attempting to make  a play. It prevented Beltran from making the catch, and subsequently ended the inning. Stay classy Philadelphia.

What’s Next?

The Mets will face the Phillies in the second game of the three game set. First pitch 7.05pm.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (0-1) 10.38 ERA vs. PHL Joe Blanton (0-0) 0.00 ERA