The San Diego Padres (13-17) defeated the New York Mets (17-11) for the second straight night at Petco Park by the final score of 2-0. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Noah Syndergaard was the victim of no run support pitching 6 innings, while only allowing 2 runs on 6 hits. Syndergaard walked 2 and struck out 5.
- Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-4 and had 2 of the Mets 3 hits tonight.
- Wilmer Flores was 1-3 with a double.
- Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless inning, striking out 2. His ERA currently sits at 0.93.
Well no matter how well the Mets are playing, when it comes to playing in San Diego this team can’t seem to find consistent success. The Mets have now dropped two games in a row to start their west coast road trip, with two more games left to play in the new house of horrors, which is otherwise known as Petco Park. The Padres have a 28-14 (.667) record at Petco Park against the Mets since the ballpark opened in 2003, which is their best mark against any team. If you look at it from a series standpoint, the Mets have won one series out of fourteen since the ballpark opened. That is not good at all, no matter how you slice it. This is certainly not how the Mets wanted to get their road trip started, especially against a Padres team that was barely keeping it’s head above water in the crowded NL West.
Noah Syndergaard pitched a good game tonight and only had two stolen bases charged against him, although one of those bases would be a deciding factor in tonight’s game. Padres second baseman Jemile Weeks stole second base in the bottom of the fifth, which allowed center fielder John Jay to drive him in on an RBI single, which resulted in a 2-0 score. Syndergaard rarely puts runners on base, but when he does they ultimately cost him, as runners are 29-32 in stealing bases on Thor in his career. It was a gritty performance by Thor however, as the Padres battled with him consistently all night, but he pitched a good game all things considered.
The Mets struggles against left-handed pitchers was evident tonight as Drew Pomeranz only allowed one hit through five innings pitched. The Mets have faced four left-handed starting pitchers so far this season and those pitchers hold a combined ERA of 1.16. Granted the Mets did not have Neil Walker or Michael Conforto in tonight’s lineup but it is an area the Mets will look to improve on as the season progresses. The Mets had one true scoring opportunity, but Asdrubal Cabrera would be thrown out by left fielder Melvin Upton Jr., trying to score from first base with one out, on a Wilmer Flores double in the bottom of the 7th. The Mets also made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth bringing the tying and go-ahead run’s to the plate but could not muster anything off Padres closer Fernando Rodney. We can’t get out of San Diego soon enough.
- The Mets will look to salvage a split of the series in San Diego beginning tomorrow night after their six series winning streak was snapped tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 8:40 pm et, and you can catch tomorrow night’s game on WPIX and MLB Network.
- Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.56 ERA) will look to reverse the Mets fortunes tomorrow night against Padres right-hander James Shields (1-4, 3.23 ERA).