June 7, 2008: Mets Lose Third Straight 2-1 Game
|Date: June 7, 2008|
|Mets starter: Oliver Perez|
|Winning pitcher: Mike Adams|
|Key player(s): Pedro Feliciano, Scott Hairston|
|Key play: Scott Hairston's game-winning home run|
After losing the first two of four versus the San Diego Padres by scores of 2-1, the Mets were looking to even the series at Petco Park. However, Scott Hairston's 10th inning home run off of Pedro Feliciano handed the Mets their third straight 2-1 loss for the first time in history.
Oliver Perez got the start for the Mets while Cha-Seung Baek got the start for the Padres. In the top of the second, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Fernando Tatis reached first on a fielder's choice to load the bases before Endy Chavez's sacrifice fly scored Beltran, putting the Mets up 1-0. Baek then intentionally walked Brian Schneider to reload the bases before retiring Oliver Perez and Jose Reyes to end the inning. The Mets stranded 11 runners in this game.
Perez held the Padres scoreless through four innings before Michael Barrett's leadoff home run in the fifth tied the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Perez hit Brian Giles with a pitch to lead off the inning and after Adrian Gonzalez flew out, Perez hit Kevin Kouzmanoff before being relieved by Joe Smith, who hit Khalil Greene with a pitch to load the bases. This marked only the second time in history that Met pitchers have hit three batters in one inning (the other being on September 28, 2007 in a 7-4 loss to the Florida Marlins). However, Smith retired Tony Clark and Barrett to keep the game tied.
The game went into extra innings and Scott Hairston's leadoff home run in the 10th off of Feliciano made the Padres the first team to win four straight games by a score of 2-1.