New York Met
starter Oliver Perez
came into the game with a 2-3 record and a 7.03 ERA. Friday night versus the San Diego Padres
he gave the Mets 6 1/3 innings of 2 hit, 2 walk, 1 run ball while striking out 7, but it wasn't enough. A bad call by the home plate umpire allowed the Padres to tie the game at 2-2, then Francisco Rodriguez
completed blowing his 2nd consecutive and 5th overall save of the season by giving up a grand slam to 5' 9" 170 lb. rookie shortstop Everth Cabrera
, his 2nd major league home run in 175 career at bats.
The game started off very well for the Mets. Angel Pagan
, who came into the game batting .400 as the 1st batter of a game this season, singled to get things started. He was called out stealing 2nd base but SS Cabrera dropped the ball and on the error Pagan was ruled safe. An Alex Cora
ground out moved Pagan to 3rd base from where he was driven in by a David Wright
single to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. After a Jeff Francoeur
single moved Wright to 3rd, he scored on a wild pitch and the Mets had a 2-0 lead.
Given that 2-0 lead, Perez put forth his best outing of the season. He retired the 1st 7 Padres he faced and only allowed 2 baserunners until the 7th inning. Perez gave up 2 walks to start the 7th, then after a flyout an RBI double by Chase Headley
chased Perez from the game. Brian Stokes
came on to stop rally and prevented the Padres from scoring further. After 7 innings it was 2-1 Mets.
Stokes worked a tense 8th inning but the Padres left the bases loaded and the Mets handed their closer a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 9th. Kyle Blanks
led off with a walk. Will Venable
then doubled into the rightfield corner. Francoeur made an excellent throw to relay man Anderson Hernandez
who threw a one-hop bullet to catcher Brian Schneider
, who lunged across the plate and clearly tagged Blanks on the hand before Blanks touched home plate. Unfortunately for the Mets, home plate umpire Marvin Hudson
was in no position to see the play, standing behind Schneider whose body obscured the plate from Hudson's view, and Hudson called Blanks safe. 2 walks, 1 intentional, later, Cabrera unleashed his power.
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