June 1, 2010: Pelfrey and Two Homers Bury Padres

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Date: June 1, 2010
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 4
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Mike Pelfrey
Key player(s): Mike Pelfrey, Ike Davis, David Wright
Key play: Wright’s and Davis’s home runs

The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday night in San Diego. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Supported by a pair of home runs, Mike Pelfrey recorded his fourth consecutive win in a 4-2 Mets victory.

Luis Castillo drew a one-out walk against Padres’ starter Wade LeBlanc in the top of the first inning. Jason Bay singled and Ike Davis got a single to load the bases. David Wright hit a single to drive home Castillo with the first run of the game. Trying to score on the play, Bay was out at home via a throw by center fielder Tony Gwynn, Jr. to catcher Nick Hundley. LeBlanc retired Angel Pagan on a fly ball to Gwynn for the third out. Pelfrey then surrendered only a walk to Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom half.

Pelfrey and LeBlanc each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Leading off the top of the sixth, Wright homered against LeBlanc to extend the Mets’ lead to two runs. Pagan popped out to first baseman Gonzalez and a single by Rod Barajas followed. San Diego reliever Ryan Webb struck out Jeff Francoeur and retired Pelfrey on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Chase Headley. Gwynn drew a walk to open the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Lance Zawadzki grounded out to third baseman Wright and a strikeout of Will Venable ensued. David Eckstein doubled to score Gwynn and cut the New York lead to 2-1. Gonzalez then grounded back to Pelfrey for the third out of the inning.

Castillo singled against Padres’ reliever Edward Mujica with one out in the top of the seventh. Bay went down on strikes and Davis slugged a two-run homer for a 4-1 Mets lead. Wright was struck out to finish off the inning and Pelfrey set down the side in order in the bottom half. Mujica yielded only a single to Francoeur in the top of the eighth and pinch-hitter Luis Durango got a two-out single in the bottom of the inning. Pelfrey then retired Vanable on a pop-up to shortstop Jose Reyes for the inning’s final out.

San Diego reliever Joe Thatcher pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Eckstein hit a double against the Mets’ Francisco Rodriguez to begin the bottom half. Gonzalez flied out to left fielder Bay and a single by Headley followed. Hundley singled to bring home Eckstein with the Padres’ second run. Rodriguez then fanned both Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Chris Denorfia for the final outs of the game. The Mets had a victory as Pelfrey chalked up his fourth win in as many games pitched to improve his record to 8-1 on the season.