San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Todd Wellemeyer walked 5 batters in 4 1/3 innings pitched.Â 3 of them scored.Â When New York Mets reliever Francisco Rodriguez walked John Bowker with 1 out in the 10th inning it was the 1st walk issued by any Met pitcher in 33 innings.Â That’s the walking part.Â The big stick belonged to the Mets catcher.Â Nope, not that one.Â Henry Blanco.Â Blanco hit a walk-off home run leading off the bottom of the 11th to give the Mets their 9th home victory in a row, this 1 by the score of 5-4.
Wellemeyer was wild right from the start.Â He walked Angel Pagan leading off the bottom of the 1st inning who advanced to 2nd base on a wild pitch.Â Luis Castillo then walked putting runners on 1st and 2nd with no one out.Â Jose Reyes grounded into a fielder’s choice, Pagan moving to 3rd while Castillo was forced out at 2nd base.Â Jason Bay hit a sacrifice fly to the opposite field driving in Pagan for a 1-0 Mets lead.
In the 4th the Giants cut into the lead.Â Andres Torres led off with a single and Pablo Sandoval followed with a single of his own.Â 1 out later Aubrey Huff hit a sacrifice fly to plate Torres.Â Juan Uribe then hit an RBI single driving in Sandoval and the Mets lead had been cut to 1 at 3-2.
The Mets added what proved to be a an important insurance run in the 5th.Â With 1 out Reyes walked then stole 2nd.Â Bay singled to drive Reyes home and Wellemeyer from the game.Â Giants reliever Brandon Medders walked David Wright but Bay botched a double steal causing Wright to get caught in and eventually thrown out in a rundown while Bay took 3rd.Â After an intentional walk to Davis, Francoeur popped out foul to end the threat with the Mets leading 4-2 after 5.
In the 8th Mets starter Johan Santana tired and the Giants came back in a huff.Â Pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz led off with a single.Â Aaron Rowand singled moving Schierholtz up to 3rd base and 1 out later Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly making the score 4-3 Mets.Â Santana exited and Fernando Nieve came on in relief.Â He gave up a single to Eli Whiteside and was immediately replaced by reliever Pedro Feliciano.Â Huff singled to left driving in Rowand tying the score at 4.Â Neither team scored again in regulation and the game went into extra innings, where Blanco walked tall to the plate and swung his big stick sending a home run over the left field fence for the win.