April 15, 2009: Mets' First Citi Field Win

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Date: April 15, 2009
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 7
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Oliver Perez
Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez
Key play: Beltran’s single in 4th, Mets’ four runs in 7th

The Mets and Padres played on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams faced each other in the second game of the inaugural series at the new ballpark. The Mets came away with their first win in their new home by defeating San Diego, 7-2.

Oliver Perez and the Padres’ Kevin Correia each pitched one-hit shutout ball for the first three innings of the game. A single by Carlos Delgado leading off the bottom of the second and Luis Rodriguez’s single to begin the top of the third were the only hits allowed. The pitchers combined for six strikeouts and two walks in the three innings. Perez shut down San Diego again in the top of the fourth, fanning Kevin Kouzmanoff for the third out.

Daniel Murphy singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. A single by David Wright advanced Murphy to third and Delgado walked to load the bases. Carlos Beltran singled to right field to score Murphy with the Mets’ first run. Wright came home on Gary Sheffield’s double play and Correia threw out Brian Schneider on a comeback grounder. The Padres got a run in the top of the fifth when Rodriguez came home on a two-out single by Scott Hairston. Correia then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Perez and San Diego’s Luke Gregerson each pitched perfectly in the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell retired the Padres 1-2-3. Sheffield and Schneider opened the bottom half with walks and Gregerson was replaced by Edward Mujica. A bunt single by Luis Castillo loaded the bases with none out. With pinch-hitter Ryan Church at bat, Mujica threw a wild pitch that allowed Sheffield to score and make it a 3-1 Mets lead.

Mujica fanned Church and walked Jose Reyes intentionally to reload the bases. Murphy followed with a sacrifice fly to score Schneider and move Castillo to third base. Reyes stole second and Castillo scored on a pitch that got away from San Diego catcher Nick Hundley. On the play, Reyes came around to score on Hundley’s errant throw. Mujica then fanned Wright to end the inning.

J. J. Putz shut down the Padres in the top of the eighth. Delgado homered off reliever Luis Perdomo for the Mets’ seventh run to begin the bottom of the inning. Beltran drew a walk and Jeremy Reed flied out. Schneider then hit into an inning-ending double play.

Adrian Gonzalez hit a home run off Sean Green in the top of the ninth. Green followed up by striking out Chase Headley and retiring Kouzmanoff on a ground ball to second baseman Castillo. After a single by Hundley, Green struck out Rodriguez to end the game. The Mets had their first win ever at Citi Field.