For the ninth time this season the New York Metropolitans lose a road series. After a promising home stand where the Mets won five of six against last year’s world series teams the Mets go on the road and lose series to the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Diego Padres.
Wednesday night’s game was the ultimate worst for Met fans.
The team got off to a nice start. Ace pitcher Johan Santana struggled but held the Padres scoreless and a fourth inning single by Jeff Francoeur scored Jason Bay. It wasn’t much but it was all Santana needed.
Santana held the Padres scoreless through 7 innings.
In the eighth inning the Mets use three different relievers, Pedro Feliciano, Elmer Dessens and Francisco Rodriguez, to get to the ninth inning.
Former Met Heath Bell shut down the Mets in the ninth, and K-Rod was set to save the 1-0 game.
However, K-Rod found trouble in the ninth when Tony Gwynn Jr, singled into right field and then surprisingly stole second on catcher Henry Blanco. That would prove to be huge. Rodriguez would strike out pinch hitter Matt Stairs and Jerry Hairston, Jr. Then the pesky David Eckstein would single to left field, scoring Gwynn and knotting the game at one a piece.
After a scoreless 10th inning, the Mets would come to bat in the 11th, without success. Then the Mets brought in lefthander Raul Valdes to pitch the 11th. Valdes would struggle. He would give up a double to Tony Gwynn Jr. A bunt was tried by John Garland, it was picked up by Valdes who fired it to third and the Mets had life. Valdes would load the bases for the Padres big hitter Adrian Gonzalez.
Gonzalez made solid contact and that sick in the gut feeling came for Met fans again. Gonzalez’s hit landed into the left field bleachers for a grand slam and the Mets lost a tough one in San Diego 5-1.
It’s the sixth grand slam given up by Mets pitching this season, the most in the majors.
The Mets failed to win their first road series since July of last year.