August 9, 2009: Santana Leads Mets Over Padres

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Date: August 9, 2009
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 5
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Johan Santana, Anderson Hernandez, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Mets’ RBI single, Salazar’s error

The Mets faced the Padres on a Sunday afternoon in San Diego. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Johan Santana pitched eight innings and hit a run-scoring single in a 5-1 Mets win.

Padres’ starter Tim Stauffer gave up only a single to Luis Castillo in the top of the first. Santana yielded just a single to Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom half and Jeff Francoeur singled to open the top of the second. Cory Sullivan went down on strikes and Omir Santos grounded out to shortstop Everth Cabrera. Anderson Hernandez hit a single to drive home Francoeur for a 1-0 Mets lead. Santana singled to send Hernandez to third base and Stauffer retired Angel Pagan on a ground ball to second baseman Oscar Salazar to end the inning. Johan then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Santana and Stauffer each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Francoeur singled against San Diego reliever Edward Mujica to lead off the top of the sixth. Sullivan flied out to left fielder Chase Headley and a single by Santos ensued. Hernandez went down on strikes and Santana hit a single to bring home Francoeur. On the play, Santos went to third base and Santana to second via a throw. Pagan reached on an error by Salazar that allowed Santos and Santana to score, increasing the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Mujica retired Castillo on an inning-ending pop-up to third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, who doubled with two outs in the bottom half. Headley hit a single to plate Kouzmanoff with the Padres’ first run of the game. Santana then got Kyle Blanks to pop out to first baseman Daniel Murphy and finish off the inning.

San Diego reliever Ryan Webb set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Santana retired all three batters on infield ground balls in the bottom half and the Padres’ Joe Thatcher yielded just a single to Hernandez in the top of the eighth. Johan retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Pagan walked against San Diego’s Greg Burke to begin the top of the ninth. Castillo got a bunt single and David Wright grounded to Cabrera for a double play. Murphy singled to drive home Pagan with the Mets’ fifth run. With Francoeur at bat, Murphy was caught stealing second base on catcher Henry Blanco’s throw to Salazar for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez struck out Kouzmanoff to start the bottom of the ninth. Headley flied out to left fielder Sullivan and a double by Blanks followed. Rodriguez then got Salazar to pop out to Murphy and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.