San Diego Padres
SAN DIEGO -- After Pedro Feliciano preserved a tie score by working out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth mostly created by Gonzalez Germen, pitching coach Dan Warthen asked Feliciano if he had one more out.
Feliciano indicated he did.
Four pitches after returning to the mound for the ninth, the game was over. Feliciano served up a walk-off homer to lefty-hitting leadoff hitter Will Venable on a 1-2 slider. The Mets lost to the San Diego Padres, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Petco Park.
“Surpising,” Feliciano labeled the homer, the first he has surrendered in the majors since Cincinnati’s Orlando Cabrera took him deep on May 5, 2010, during the southpaw’s last tour of duty with the Mets.
Said Terry Collins: “You’ve got to like the matchup. That’s what he does. He gets lefties out. He just didn’t make the pitch he needed to make.”
Feliciano said he thought the 1-2 slider was about to strike out Venable.
“He’s pretty hot right now,” Feliciano said. “He went down and got it out.”