Thursday, April 16, 2009

Padres-Mets: Bullpen Implodes in 7-2 Loss to Mets

It took one bad inning for everything to go south last night and when I say it went south, it was one of those 'hold your head in your hands unable to watch' kind of innings.

San Diego Padres' starter Kevin Correia had another good outing, giving up two runs on five hits walking two and striking out five through his five innings of work. He left the game with the team only down 2-1 and in a good position for their offense to jump ahead. But everything went south from there and in a hurry.

Padres' reliever Luke Gregerson would relieve Kevin Correia to start the sixth inning and had his usual smooth 1-2-3 inning, striking out David Wright and getting Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran to ground out. In the seventh inning is where his trouble began. Gregerson couldn't find the plate, walking both Gary Sheffield and Brian Schneider without throwing a strike to either of them. Then two more pitches that missed the strike zone to Luis Castillo before Padres' manager Bud Black pulled him in favor of Edward Mujica.

Mujica didn't fare much better, allowing a bunt single to Luis Castillo to load then bases then throwing a wild pitch out of the reach of catcher Nick Hundley that allowed Gary Sheffield to score to make it a 3-1 game. After striking out Ryan Church and intentionally walking Jose Reyes to re-load the bases, a sacrifice fly off the bat of David Murphy would score Brian Schneider and send Luis Castillo to third.

With 2 on and 2 out, Nick Hundley came up throwing trying to throw out the speedy Jose Reyes at 2nd base but Hundley's throw sailed over 2nd base allowing both Castillo and Reyes to score to push the Mets' lead to 6-1. The Mets would add an insurance run in the home half of the eighth when Carlos Delgado welcomed Padres' reliever Luis Perdomo to the big leagues when he launched a home run to left to give the Mets a 7-1 lead.

So three walks, a wild pitch and an error would cost the Padres four runs, an inning the Padres were unable to overcome as they dropped a 7-2 decision, breaking their 5-game win streak.

For the Mets, starter Oliver Perez had a much better second start than he did his first start, giving up just one run on three hits through six innings picking up his first win of the 2009 season and giving his team their first ever home win at Citi Field.

On what seems to be the only good note for the San Diego Padres last night, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit his 2nd home run of the series last night and his third of the year. The reason that is note worthy is it was Adrian's 100th career home run.

The two teams will finish up the series tonight at Citi Field, game time is set for 7:10pm EST. The New York Mets will have right-hander John Maine (0-0, 3.60 ERA) on the hill while the Padres will go with ace Jake Peavy (1-1, 3.52 ERA).

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