August 7, 2009: K-Rod Surrenders Walk-Off Grand Slam

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Date: August 7, 2009
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 2
Padres: 6
Winning pitcher: Heath Bell
Key player(s): Francisco Rodriguez. Everth Cabrera
Key play: Everth Cabrera's walk-off grand slam

After dropping the first game of four versus the San Diego Padres in Petco, the Mets were looking to even the series in the next game. However, Francisco Rodriguez was unable to hold a 2-1 lead and surrendered five runs, including a walk-off grand slam to Everth Cabrera, in the ninth without recording an out, giving the Padres a 6-2 win.

Oliver Perez got the start for the Mets while Kevin Correla took the mound for the Padres. In the top of the first, Angel Pagan hit a leadoff single and reached second on an error. He moves to third on Alex Cora's groundout before scoring on David Wright's single. After Daniel Murphy flew out, Wright moved to third on Jeff Francoeur's single before scoring on a wild pitch to Cory Sullivan, who drew a walk before Fernando Tatis grounded out to end the inning. The Mets were up 2-0 with both runs unearned. Afterward, Correla pitched five shutout innings, allowing only four hits (three in the third and one in the fifth) while three relievers held the Mets hitless through the last three innings.

Perez meanwhile pitched six shutout innings, allowing just one hit (Henry Blanco's double in the third) before walking David Eckstein and Adrian Gonzalez to lead off the seventh. After Kevin Kozmanoff flew out, Chase Headley's double scored Eckstein to make it 2-1 Mets. Brian Stokes relieved Perez and struck out Kyle Blanks and intentionally walked Will Venable before Blanco grounded out to end the inning. Stokes then held the Padres scoreless in the eighth despite letting them load the bases for the second straight inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, K-Rod walked Blanks to lead off the inning before Venable's RBI double tied the game with Venable reaching third on the throw to home. Blanco then walked before K-Rod intentionally walked Oscar Salazar to load the bases for Everth Cabreara, who hit the ninth pitch of the at-bat into left for a walk-off grand slam, giving K-Rod his fifth blown save of the season.