April 17, 2009: First Walk-Off Win at Citi Field
|Date: April 17, 2009|
|Mets starter: Livan Hernandez|
|Winning pitcher: J. J. Putz|
|Key player(s): Gary Sheffield, Luis Castillo|
|Key play: Sheffield's home run, Castillo's infield single|
The Mets began a three-game series with the Brewers on a Friday night in New York. After an early lead got away, the Mets tied the game in historical fashion. In the end, the Mets had their first walk-off win at Citi Field by a score of 5-4.
The Mets scored three times in the first inning against Milwaukee's David Bush. They loaded the bases with none out before Carlos Delgado hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Jose Reyes. Bush walked Ramon Castro to force in Daniel Murphy and allowed a single to Luis Castillo on which David Wright crossed the plate. With the bases still loaded, Livan Hernandez struck out to end the inning.
On the mound, Hernandez held the Brewers scoreless for the first four innings. In the fifth, Mike Cameron came home on Mike Rivera's sacrifice fly. Livan then allowed a pair of singles to start the sixth before Ryan Braun smacked a three-run homer to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead. Relievers Pedro Feliciano and Sean Green came in to retire three Brewer batters to end the inning.
For the Mets, Gary Sheffield pinch-hit for Green to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Facing Milwaukee reliever Mitch Stetter, Sheffield hit the 500th home run of his career to tie the game, 4-4. The Mets went on to load the bases with one out, but failed to score when Todd Coffey came in and retired Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church.
After scoreless innings from Bobby Parnell and J. J. Putz, the Mets came to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Delgado started the inning with a double off the Brewers' Seth McClung. After Beltran struck out, Church was walked intentionally and Omir Santos grounded out to move the runners to second and third. Castillo then got an infield single to score Delgado with the winning run. For the first time at Citi Field, the Mets had a walk-off win.