In Game 1 of this series, the Mets held off the Padres after a 9th inning rally by San Diego. In that game, the scoring started when Kevin Kouzmanoff homered to deep left center in the 4th to put the Pads up 1-0. Fernando Tatis coutnered with his own homer in the bottom of the 4th, to tie the game at 1. The Padres got the run back in the 6th, when Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homer. Than, in the 7th, Tatis hit another blast, this time a 3-run homer, and the Mets went up 4-2. The Mets added to their lead when recent call up Dan Murphy brought home Argenis Reyes with a double in the 7th.
The Mets tacked on another run in the next inning, when Nick Evans hit a double with Carlos Beltran on 1st. Beltran scored and Evans went to third on Jody Gerut's fielding error. At the time it looked like a meaningless run, but it became a huge when Aaron Heilman gave up a 3 run homer Gerut in the 9th. The score was then 6-5 Mets. Joe Smith and Scott Schowenweiss were brought on to pull out the win, and that's exactly what they did.
Mike Pelfrey got the win and improved to 10-7 on the year. He had a brilliant game: 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 hits, 1 BB and 3 Ks. San Diego starter Chris Young lasted just 5 1/3, but he had a decent game with only 2 ER given up, only 1 hit and 5 Ks, but 5 BBs also.
After this game the Mets improved to 59-53 while the Padres dropped to 43-70.
Player of the Game: Fernando Tatis. Tatis had a great game, going 2-4 with 2 homers and 4 RBIs. He continues to be a huge surprise.
The reaction of Fernando Tatis after his 2nd homer of the day, a 3-run blast that put the Mets up 6-5.
Game 2 of this series was a close contest. The Mets sent Pedro Martinez to the mound, and the Padres sent Cha Seung Baek. The Padres jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning when Jody Gerut lead off the game with a homer, and after Edgar Gonzalez struck out, Brian Giles hit a solo homer. Things were looking down for Pedro, but he got 2 groundball outs, and got out of the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, the Mets got one run back when David Wright hit a groundball to second after Nick Evans hit a triple, and Edgar Gonzalez couldn't field the ball properly and Evans came home and Wright was safe at first.
The Mets tied the game in the 5th when David Murphy singled in Jose Reyes. That inning looked like it was going to be huge for the Mets, but after a flyout by Carlos Beltran, Wright committed a costly baserunning mistake, and got doubled up at 1st to end the inning.
Than in the 7th, the Padres took the lead for good after another mistake by Wright. This time it was an error when he misjudged a hop, and Luis Rodriguez scored. Chase Headley added to the lead in the eigth with a solo homer, and the Padres won the game 4-2.
Pedro got the loss and dropped to 3-3, but he had a fine performance. He went 6 1/3 with 2 ER and 3 runs total given up. He struck out 3, walked 3 and gave up 4 hits. Eddie Kunz made his 2nd major league appearance and pitched 1 inning of relief and he gave up the homer to Headley. Pedro Feliciano pitched 2/3 scoreless with a walk and a K, and Scott Schowenweiss pitched a scoreless 9th with a hit and a K.
Baek won his 4th game, and is now 4-5. He went 6 1/3 gave up 8 hits, but only 2 ER a walk and 5 Ks. Mike Adams pitched 2/3 without giving up a run and Heath bell pitched an inning and only gave up one hit. Trevor Hoffman picked up his 24th save of the season and now has 548 career saves.
Player of the Game: Brian Giles. Giles went 1-4 with a homer in the first and a walk.
Giles watches his solo homer fly in the first inning to put the Padres up 2-0.
The win by the Mets on Tuesday and the win by the Padres on Wednsday set up today's showdown for the series. In Game 3, the Mets sent ace Johan Santana to the mound and the Padres countered with Josh Banks.
The Padres took the lead in the 2nd, when Chase Headley homered for the second straight day. The Mets got that run back and one more when Dan Murphy, who continues to be great for the Mets, singled in Carlos Beltran. After Ramon Castro struckout, Nick Evans brought home Fernando Tatis with a single. That put the Mets up 2-1. They picked up another run when Evans hit a sac fly to bring home Dan Murphy and extend the Mets' lead to 3-1.
Santana ran into big trouble when the Padres got runners on first and second with none out in the 8th. Jerry Manuel yanked Santana from the game and brought in Duaner Sanchez. Sanchez's struggles continued immediately when he hit Scott Hairston with his first pitch.
Manuel than inserted Pedro Feliciano who got Brian Giles to ground into a FC, which erased Luis Rodriguez at home. Adrian Gonzalez than came up with the bases full again and 1 out, and he singled in Edgar Gonzalez to tie the game at 2.
Joe Smith was than brought on, and he got the Mets out of the jam by getting Kevin Kouzmanoff to ground into a double play. The Mets breathed a huge sigh of relief.
I was thinking that maybe, JUST maybe Johan might get his tenth win without the bullpen blowing the lead. I was wrong. In the top of the 9th with 1 out, Scott Schowenweiss gave up a solo homer to Jody Gerut to tie the game at 3. There goes Johan's chance to win >_>. Aaron Heilman than came on and got 2 outs.
In the bottom of the 9th, Endy Chavez singled to lead off the inning, but Jose and Argenis Reyes were both set down. That brought up, and with 2 outs, he delivered with a 2 run homer to win the game for the Mets.
Heilman picked up the win and is now 2-6. Santana and Banks got ND, although Santana had a brilliant game with 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 hits, 7 Ks and 3 walks. Banks went 5 and gave up 3 ER, 9 hits, 4 Ks and a walk. This was the sixth time Santana got a ND because the bullpen blew his lead. He should be 15-7 and a contender for the NL Cy Young. Heath Bell got the loss and dropped to 6-5.
Player of the Game; David Wright. Wright went 3-5 with the hit of the game - a walk-off 2 run homer in the 9th.
David Wright hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th with two out.