August 8, 2011: Duda's Single Completes Comeback

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Date: August 8, 2011
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 9
Padres: 8
Winning pitcher: Jason Isringhausen
Key player(s): David Wright, Lucas Duda
Key play: Wright’s and Duda’s singles in 9th

The Mets faced the Padres on a Monday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Lucas Duda hit a single in the ninth inning to cap off a five-run comeback for a 9-8 Mets win over San Diego.

Cameron Maybin got an infield single with two outs in the top of the first. Maybin stole second base and came around to score on a single by Jesus Guzman. Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey retired Orlando Hudson on a ground ball to second baseman Justin Turner for the third out of the inning and Angel Pagan homered against the Padres’ Tim Stauffer to lead off the bottom half. Turner grounded out to second baseman Hudson and a fly ball by David Wright was caught by left fielder Kyle Blanks. Stauffer then struck out Duda to end the inning.

Pelfrey pitched a scoreless top of the second. To begin the bottom of the inning, Jason Bay hit a home run for a 2-1 Mets lead. Willie Harris popped out to Hudson and a fly ball by Ronny Paulino was caught by Blanks. Ruben Tejada singled and Pelfrey drew a walk. Stauffer retired Pagan on a fly ball to center fielder Maybin to finish off the inning and Pelfrey hurled a scoreless top of the third. Turner hit a leadoff single in the bottom half. Wright followed with a two-run homer to extend the New York lead to 4-1. Stauffer then set down the next three Mets batters to close out the inning.

Pelfrey and Stauffer each pitched scoreless ball in the fourth and fifth. Jason Bartlett hit a single to open the top of the sixth. Maybin followed with a double and moved to third base on Guzman’s singled that scored Bartlett. Hudson hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Maybin. Guzman stole second and came home on a double by Blanks, tying the game at 4-4. Logan Forsythe flied out to right fielder Harris and an intentional walk to Luis Martinez ensued. Pelfrey threw a called third strike past Stauffer for the inning’s final out. Stauffer then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Pelfrey and Mets’ reliever Pedro Beato combined for a scoreless top of the seventh. Stauffer hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Hudson drew a walk against Beato to begin the top of the eighth. Hudson stole second base and Blanks was hit by a pitch. Against New York’s Ryota Igarashi, Forsythe laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third. Martinez singled to bring home Hudson with the go-ahead run and pinch-hitter Blake Tekotte went down on strikes. Will Venable drew a walk that loaded the bases. Bartlett followed with a double to score Blanks, Martinez and Venable for an 8-4 San Diego lead. On his own hit, Bartlett was out via a relay throw by shortstop Tejada to third baseman Wright to finish off the inning.

Duda got a one-out single against Padres’ reliever Chad Qualls in the bottom of the eighth. Bay drew a walk and moved to third base on pinch-hitter Mike Baxter’s double that brought home Duda. Paulino followed with a sacrifice fly to score Bay and cut the San Diego lead to 8-6. Qualls retired Tejada on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Forsythe. Mets’ reliever Jason Isringhausen then pitched a scoreless top of the ninth.

Jason Pridie singled against the Padres’ Heath Bell to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Pridie advanced to second base on a wild pitch as Pagan was struck out. Turner hit a single and Wright singled to drive home Pridie with the Mets’ seventh run of the game. With Duda at the plate, Bell threw his second wild pitch to move the runners to second and third. Lucas then delivered a single that plated Turner and Wright with the tying and winning runs. The Mets had an exciting come-from-behind victory.