June 5, 2008: Schoeneweis's Hit By Pitch

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Date: June 5, 2008
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 1
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Trevor Hoffman
Key player(s): Scott Schoeneweis, Paul McAnulty
Key play: Schoeneweis's bases loaded hit by pitch

After taking two of three from the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, the Mets opened a four-game set versus the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, losing the first game 2-1 on a ninth inning bases loaded hit by pitch from Scott Schoeneweis.

Mike Pelfrey got the start for the Mets while Josh Banks took the mound for the Padres. In the bottom of the third, after Luke Carlin grounded out, Pelfrey allowed consecutive singles to Banks and Jody Gerut before Tadahito Igushi's RBI put the Padres up 1-0. Brian Giles then walked to load the bases, but Pelfrey retired Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff to end the inning. The Padres stranded twelve runners versus Pelfrey and three relievers over the first eight innings.

In the top of the sixth, Jose Reyes hit a leadoff single off of Banks and moved to second on Luis Castillo's sacrifice bunt before scoring on David Wright's single, tying the game. Carlos Beltran then grounded into an inning-ending double play. Three relievers held the Mets hitless for the rest of the game.

In the bottom of the ninth, Scott Schoeneweis walked Scott Hairston and Brian Giles to lead off the inning. Both men advanced a base on Gonzalez's groundout, prompting the Mets to intentionally walk Kouzmanoff to load the bases for Paul McAnulty. The very first pitch from Schoeneweis hits McAnulty in the right shoulder, forcing in the winning run for the Padres.