April 22, 2006: Martinez and Julio Three-Hit Padres

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Date: April 22, 2006
Mets starter: Pedro Martinez
Mets: 8
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Key player(s): Pedro Martinez, Jorge Julio, Xavier Nady, Ramon Castro
Key play: Nady’s and Castro’s home runs

The Mets faced the Padres on a Saturday night in San Diego. The teams played the third of four games in a series. Pedro Martinez and Jorge Julio combined for a three-hitter in an 8-1 Mets win.

Padres’ starter Chris Young pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. Martinez set down the side in order in the bottom half and back-to-back home runs by Xavier Nady and Ramon Castro began the top of the second. Endy Chavez hit a single and advanced to second base on Martinez’s sacrifice bunt. Young struck out Jose Reyes and retired Chris Woodward on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Ben Johnson. Leading off the bottom half, Mike Piazza homered to reduce the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Martinez then set down the next three San Diego batters to close out the inning.

Carlos Delgado drew a walk to open the top of the third. David Wright singled and Cliff Floyd was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Nady followed with a double play ground ball to shortstop Khalil Greene on which Delgado came home. Castro hit a single to drive home Wright for a 4-1 Mets lead. Young got Chavez to fly out to Johnson and finish off the inning. Martinez then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Young retired all three Mets batters in the top of the fourth. Martinez set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Young hit Delgado with a pitch to begin the top of the fifth. A wild pitch sent Delgado to second base and Wright drew a walk. Padres’ reliever Dewon Brazelton retired Floyd on a line drive to second baseman Josh Barfield, who threw to Greene for an out on Delgado and a double play. Wright stole second and Brazelton struck out Nady to end the inning. Greene drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Geoff Blum singled and Johnson flied out to left fielder Floyd. Martinez then threw a called third strike past Brazelton for the inning’s final out.

Brazelton pitched a scoreless top of the sixth. Martinez surrendered only a walk to Dave Roberts in the bottom half and Delgado homered to lead off the top of the seventh. Wright drew a walk and stole second base. David went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Floyd’s sacrifice fly for a 6-1 Mets lead. Brazelton got Nady to fly out to right fielder Brian Giles and retired Castro on a grounder to catcher Piazza to end the inning. Martinez then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Brazelton gave up just a single to pinch-hitter Jose Valentin in the top of the eighth. Julio pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Delgado drew a walk against San Diego reliever Jon Adkins to begin the top of the ninth. Wright was hit by a pitch and Floyd hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Nady doubled to score Delgado and increase the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Castro grounded out to Adkins and a single by Chavez brought home Floyd with the eighth New York run of the game. Adkins then struck out Julio to finish off the inning.

Barfield reached on a wild pitch third strike to open the bottom of the ninth. Giles reached on third baseman Wright’s error and a single by Piazza loaded the bases. Gonzalez went down on strikes and Julio got Greene to hit a ground ball to Wright for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a solid three-hit victory.