Monday, August 8, 2011

Post Game: Mets Avoid Injury Bug, Beat Padres 9-8 In Walk Off Win

The Mets limped into the first of four against the San Diego Padres this evening and looked good early, despite what had to be a feeling of doom following yesterday's events. The consistently inconsistent Mike Pelfrey also looked good early. Ultimately, it would be the Mets never say die attitude that would allow them to gut this one out.

The Mets would put on quite a power display over the first three innings. Angel Pagan answered an early run by the Padres with his third lead off home run of his career. Jason Bay would hit a solo shot of his own in the second to give the Mets a 2-1 lead and then David Wright would drive one into the left field bleachers in the third inning to extend the Mets' lead to 4-1.

The score would remain the same and Mike Pelfrey would cruise until the top of the sixth innings where things fell apart. In an inning that would include two base hits that struck the gloves of diving Mets outfielders, the Padres would tie the game and thus theive the opportunity for a win from Pelfrey's grasp.

The Mets bullpen would ultimately fail them once again, as Pedro Beato would walk the first and hit the second batter of the eighth inning. Ryota Igarashi was similarly ineffective, allowing a walk and two runs in what would amount to a four run inning for the Padres. Putting them up 8-4.

The Mets, as has been customary this season, would not go down without a fight. Following a single by Lucas Duda and a walk to Jason Bay, newly recalled Mike Baxter would double to deep left in his first at bat as a Met, driving Duda in. Paulino would hit a sacrifice fly to center to get Bay home and the Mets would cut the lead to 8-6.

The Mets would threaten immediately in the bottom of the ninth, after Jason Pridie led the inning off with a single to left. Pridie would move to second on a stike out by Angel Pagan and then move to third on a single by Justin Turner. David Wright promptly turned a Heath Bell fastball around to drive in Pridie and Lucas Duda would bail out the bullpen once again as he came through in the clutch once again with a two run single to center giving the Mets the 9-8 win!

The Mets will send Chris Capuano (9-10) to the mound at 7:10 pm tomorrow to face Wade LeBlanc (0-2) in the second of four games between the Mets and Padres.

Game Notes:
- David Wright had a highlight caliber catch in foul territory to end the 8th inning.
- Mike Baxter is a native of Queens, NY.
- Something has to be said for the way this team plays and the part Terry Collins has in it. They just don't quit...