August 5, 2008: Tatis Slugs Mets Past Padres

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Date: August 5, 2008
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 6
Padres: 5
Winning pitcher: Mike Pelfrey
Key player(s): Fernando Tatis, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Tatis’s two homers, Murphy’s double

The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Fernando Tatis hit two home runs as the Mets defeated San Diego, 6-5.

Mike Pelfrey and the Padres’ Chris Young each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. With two outs in the top of the fourth, Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a home run for a 1-0 San Diego lead. Chase Headley and Nick Hundley got back-to-back singles and Pelfrey retired Luis Rodriguez on a fly ball to left fielder Daniel Murphy for the inning’s third out. Tatis slugged a two-out homer in the bottom half to tie the game. Young then got Damion Easley to ground out to third baseman Kouzmanoff and end the inning.

After a scoreless fifth, Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the sixth. Kouzmanoff and Headley followed with consecutive singles and Hundley went down on strikes. Rodriguez lined out to Murphy to finish off the inning and Carlos Delgado drew a one-out walk against Young in the bottom half. Carlos Beltran hit a single off San Diego reliever Mike Adams. Tatis hammered his second homer of the game to give the Mets a 4-2 lead. Adams then got Easley to fly out to center fielder Jody Gerut and retired Brian Schneider on a ground ball to first baseman Gonzalez to close out the inning.

Pelfrey and Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano combined for a scoreless top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Argenis Reyes drew a walk against the Padres’ Clay Hensley to open the bottom half. Argenis advanced to second base on Jose Reyes’ sacrifice bunt. Murphy hit a double to score Argenis Reyes and extend the Mets’ lead to 5-2. David Wright followed with a grounder to Kouzmanoff on which Murphy got caught in a rundown and was tagged out. Kouzmanoff then threw to Gonzalez for an out on Wright and an inning-ending double play.

Feliciano hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Beltran singled against San Diego reliever Justin Hampson with one out in the bottom half. Tatis flied out to Gerut and a double by pinch-hitter Nick Evans ensued. On Evans’ hit, Gerut and second baseman Tadahito Iguchi made errors that allowed Beltran to score and Nick to move to third base. Hampson then retired Schneider on a fly ball to left fielder Scott Hairston that ended the inning.

Hundley drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman to begin the top of the ninth. Rodriguez singled and Hairston hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Wright. Gerut followed with a homer to reduce the Mets’ lead to one run. New York’s Joe Smith retired Iguchi on a pop-up to second baseman Argenis Reyes. Mets’ reliever Scott Schoeneweis then got Brian Giles to fly out to center fielder Beltran and end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the series.