Oliver Perez started the game against the team he broke into the majors with. Ollie had his best start since the last time he faced the Padres at CitiField. He had such an outstanding game, but got into trouble in the seventh inning. He walked back-to-back batters, the only walks for Ollie in the game. He later gave up a double that scored a run for the Padres. His mechanics have had a huge upgrade with his pause before his delivery to focus on the plate. Also confusing the batter with his slider and fastball alternations.
Ollie went 6.1 innings, giving up only one run, but didn’t get the win. Perez struck out 7, and only walked two batters. Ollie lowered his ERA to 6.38 on the season.
Brian Stokes has become one of my most dependable relievers. I honestly can’t even remember the last time he gave up a run. Maybe it was something Wagner said? He helped out Perez getting two huge outs to retire the side. He stayed in the game to pitch the eighth inning. He worked himself into trouble in the bottom of the inning, but with help from Murphy’s great defense, got out of the bases loaded jam. The former starter has been great in the ‘pen and he will likely be needed tomorrow with Parnell starting tomorrow.
K-Rod, Francisco Rodriguez, came into the game in the bottom of the ninth with another save opportunity, and we all remember what happened last time. With another shaky start for Frankie, walking the first batter, and then gave up a game tying double. Although the runner was clearly out on Hernandez’s throw and Schneider’s tag, but the umpire didn’t see it that way. Frankie has given up his fifth blown save, also his second in a row. But the bus doesn’t stop there as he walked the bases loaded with no outs. Jerry Manuel decided to go with a five-man infield, which turned out to be useless as Cabrera had a walk off homerun Grand Slam against Frankie to give the Padres the win, giving Frankie his third loss of the season, and gave the Mets their third straight loss.
Anyone want to explain to me why players these days try to go around the bag instead of going feet first and be safe by a mile?
Kevin Correia started for the Padres and hasn’t had the best career against the Mets. He’s 0-3 against New York in 8 starts. Well his getting owned by the Mets continues as the Mets scored two runs on him giving Correia no chance for a win. The Mets runs were highlighted by Wright going 3-4 with a run and an RBI.
Tatis had his 6th game start at second base, but having an O’fer caused him to be replaced by Anderson Hernandez who walked in his only at bat.
During the Live Pregame, Murphy was questioned about being the Mets future first baseman. He said he finally feels comfortable at first, even though he’s “a man without a position.” Murphy went 0-4 which snapped his 7 game hit streak, but had another great defensive game.
Bobby Parnell will have his first start of the season against the Padres tomorrow.