July 27, 2009: Tatis's Grand Slam Crushes Rockies
|Date: July 27, 2009|
|Mets starter: Oliver Perez|
|Winning pitcher: Pedro Feliciano|
|Key player(s): Fernando Tatis, Jeff Francoeur, Cory Sullivan|
|Key play: Francoeur’s home run, Sullivan’s sacrifice fly, Tatis’s grand slam|
The Mets and Rockies faced each other on a Monday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Fernando Tatis hit a tie-breaking grand slam in the eighth inning to give the Mets a 7-3 win over Colorado.
Oliver Perez and Rockies’ starter Ubaldo Jimenez each pitched a scoreless first inning. Brad Hawpe hit a single to lead off the top of the second. An ensuing home run by Troy Tulowitzki put the Mountain Men ahead by a score of 2-0. Perez retired the next two Colorado batters and hit Chris Iannetta with a pitch. Jimenez lined out to first baseman Daniel Murphy to end the inning. The Mets were then shut down by Jimenez in the bottom half.
After a scoreless third, Tulowitzki drew a walk to open the top of the fourth. Ryan Spilborghs flied out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur and a called third strike sent down Ian Stewart. Iannetta drew a walk and Jimenez got an infield single to load the bases. Perez fanned Dexter Fowler for the third out of the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Francoeur homered for the Mets’ first run of the game. Jimenez then got Cory Sullivan on a ground ball to second baseman Clint Barmes to close out the inning.
Barmes led off the top of the fifth with a homer to restore a two-run lead for the Rockies. Garrett Atkins drew a walk and Hawpe was called out on strikes. Tulowitzki drew a walk and Spilborghs hit a force play grounder to third baseman David Wright. Perez got Stewart on a grounder to Murphy to end the inning and Jimenez hurled a scoreless bottom half. Mets’ reliever Brian Stokes then set down the Purple and Black in order in the top of the sixth.
Consecutive singles by Luis Castillo and Wright began the bottom of the sixth inning. Murphy singled to drive home Castillo and send Wright to second base. David advanced to third on Francoeur’s fly out to right fielder Hawpe and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Sullivan. Omir Santos hit a fly ball to Hawpe for the final out of the inning and Stokes pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Jimenez then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano held the Mountain Men to a single by Iannetta in a scoreless top of the eighth. Colorado reliever Juan Rincon issued back-to-back walks to Castillo and Wright to open the bottom half. Murphy’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Rincon walked Francoeur intentionally to load the bases and Franklin Morales came in to pitch for the Rockies. Pinch-hitter Tatis greeted Morales with a grand slam that put the Mets ahead by four runs. Colorado’s Matt Daley then retired Santos on a fly ball to left fielder Spilborghs and got Alex Cora on a line drive to third baseman Stewart for the inning’s third out.
Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez retired Barmes on a pop-up to Murphy to start the top of the ninth. Atkins went down on strikes and Rodriguez got Hawpe on a game-ending ground ball to second baseman Castillo. The Mets had a victory to begin the series.