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Monday, June 16, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 69 - Padres (1) at Mets (3) - Granderson HR's in Mets Win


San Diego

New York

W: C. Torres (3-4) L: I. Kennedy (5-8) S: J. Mejia (7)
HR: SD - None   NYM - C. Granderson (9)


New York starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka departed after just one inning, but the Mets bullpen carried them to a 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game set from Citi Field.

Matsuzaka was hoping to stay unbeaten on the season but had to exit after the first inning due to a severe upset stomach. Carlos Torres (3-4) allowed a run in four innings out of the bullpen, and Vic Black and Jenrry Mejia each tossed two scoreless frames to help New York bounce back from Saturday's 5-0 shutout.

Curtis Granderson ended New York's four-game homerless drought with a solo shot in the first. He and Lucas Duda each had a pair of hits, while Daniel Murphy and Bobby Abreu drove in a run apiece.

Ian Kennedy (5-8) struck out seven but was responsible for all three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 frames for the Padres, losers in six of seven.

The first four Mets hitters reached in the bottom of the first inning, with Granderson's leadoff home run setting the tone. Murphy then doubled, David Wright walked and Abreu grounded a two-bagger down the right field line to make it 2-0 before Kennedy had recorded an out.

With runners on second and third, however, Kennedy fanned Andrew Brown and induced a pair of pop ups to keep the Padres within striking distance.

They did strike the next half inning, plating a run against Torres with three straight singles. Carlos Quentin led off the frame with a poke to left, moved to third on Yonder Alonso's base hit and scored on Rene Rivera's infield single off the glove of a diving Wilmer Flores.

Murphy's sacrifice fly in the second inning made it 3-1.

San Diego threatened in the sixth inning against Vic Black, who took over for Torres and quickly issued a pair of walks to Seth Smith and Chase Headley. The Padres failed to push across another run, with a pair of pop ups in the infield leading to Rivera's inning-ending strikeout.

Kevin Quackenbush came out of San Diego's bullpen and got out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth, forcing Wright to fly to right on a full count.

Mejia needed just six pitches to get through the eighth and got some help from Duda at first base in the ninth to pick up his seventh of the season. Duda made a diving stop for the first out and caught a liner for the second before an Alexi Amarista groundout to end the game.

Game Notes

Duda doubled twice ... Wright went 0-for-3 with a walk and has now hit safely in just two of his last 39 at-bats ... San Diego had four hits -- all singles -- as a team and finished 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Will Venable CF200000020.206
Everth Cabrera SS300000001.225
Seth Smith RF200000020.287
Chase Headley 3B300000011.206
Carlos Quentin LF311000000.194
Yonder Alonso 1B401000000.213
Rene Rivera C301100001.222
  Kevin Quackenbush P000000000.000
  Tim Stauffer P000000000.200
  Chris Denorfia PH100000000.256
Jace Peterson 2B200000002.111
  Alexi Amarista PH-2B200000000.195
Ian Kennedy P100000000.130
  Alex Torres P000000000.000
  Yasmani Grandal C101000000.195
Curtis Granderson CF-RF312100120.229
Daniel Murphy 2B311110011.299
David Wright 3B300000011.262
Bobby Abreu RF301110011.308
  Ruben Tejada SS000000000.229
Andrew Brown LF300000003.182
  Vic Black P000000000.000
  Matt den Dekker PH-CF100000000.163
Lucas Duda 1B402020000.240
Wilmer Flores SS401000001.232
  Jenrry Mejia P000000000.000
Anthony Recker C310000012.200
Daisuke Matsuzaka P000000000.250
  Carlos Torres P100000001.000
  Eric Campbell LF201000000.286

LOB_San Diego 7, NY Mets 11. 2B_D.Murphy, B.Abreu, L.Duda 2. HR_C.Granderson (9) off I.Kennedy. SF_D.Murphy. S_E.Cabrera, I.Kennedy, C.Torres. SB_W.Venable (3). GIDP_Y.Alonso. DP_NY Mets 2 (A.Recker), (D.Murphy, W.Flores and L.Duda).

Ian Kennedy (L 5-8)5.1733471116-733.72
Alex Torres0.10001006-11.93
Kevin Quackenbush1.110002029-173.71
Tim Stauffer1.000011017-113.90
Daisuke Matsuzaka1.000020017-72.88
Carlos Torres (W 3-4)4.031114063-353.43
Vic Black (H 3)2.010021041-230.73
Jenrry Mejia (S 7)2.000000018-114.36

HBP_by C.Torres (C.Quentin). 
T_3:15. A_38987.
Umpires_Home,Tom Woodring; First, Scott Barry; Second, Mike Everitt; Third, Dan Bellino.
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