Showing posts with label Mets at Padres. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mets at Padres. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 123 - Mets (6) at Padres (1) - Gee dominates Padres


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Minnesota (54-69)000000100170
W: D. Gee (9-8) L: K. Gibson (2-4)
HR: NYM - M. Byrd (20)   MIN - None

Recap:

Dillon Gee tossed 7 2/3 innings in the New York Mets' 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in a make-up Monday matinee.

Gee (9-8) struck out nine and surrendered just six hits and an unearned run along with a walk for the Mets, who had dropped five of their last seven games coming in.

"He was staying aggressive. His curveball was there, his slider was there, every single pitch," Mets rookie catcher Travis d'Arnaud said. "He was locating his fastball. He did an outstanding job."

Marlon Byrd was one of seven Mets to tally a pair of hits. He smacked a solo homer and scored twice in the triumph. Eric Young, Daniel Murphy, Andrew Brown, Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares and Omar Quintanilla also registered two hits apiece.

Kyle Gibson (2-4) allowed four runs on 10 hits and two walks over 3 2/3 innings for Minnesota, which has lost four consecutive contests.

After 10 major league starts, Gibson was optioned back to Triple-A Rochester following the game.

"Obviously that's not good enough. There's a lot of stuff I need to work on," Gibson said. "Obviously I didn't take advantage of it like I wanted to. I didn't come up here and have the success I wanted to."

The Mets jumped out to a 4-0 lead after plating a run in the first, another in the second and two more in the third.

Brown had a bases-loaded RBI single in the first, while Young slapped a run- scoring single through the hole on the left side of the infield in the second to make it 2-0.

Quintanilla and Murphy tallied RBI singles in the fourth to give New York its four-run spread.

The teams traded runs in the seventh.

Flores bounced an RBI single through the hole on the right side of the infield in the top of the seventh, while Trevor Plouffe, who ripped a two-out double to right-center in the home seventh, scored when Murphy committed a fielding error on a grounder off the bat of Clete Thomas.

Byrd's solo homer into the second deck in left in the ninth capped the scoring.

Game Notes

Monday's tilt was originally supposed to be the finale of a three-game set played from April 12-14 ... The Mets moved to 10-4 in interleague play ... The Mets were 6-for-12 with runners in scoring position, while Minnesota finished 0-for-10 with RISP.

Box Score:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Recap: Game 123 - Mets (3) at Padres (4) - Mets Blow Harvey's Chance for Win


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San Diego (56-68)«0000200114101

W: H. Street (1-4) L: P. Feliciano (0-2)
HR: NYM - None   SD - W. Venable (17)

Recap:

Will Venable continued his torrid stretch and staked the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 victory after clubbing the game-winning home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets.

Venable, who had four hits in Saturday's victory and added two more on Sunday to stretch his hitting streak to 15 games, sent a 1-2 offering from Pedro Feliciano (0-2) deep into right and it stayed just inside the foul pole for his 17th home run of the season. He finished the game with two RBI.

Chris Denorfia delivered a game-tying RBI in the eighth, while Alexi Amarista contributed a sacrifice fly to help the Padres earn a split of this four-game set. Huston Street (1-4) tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up the win.

Marlon Byrd ended 2-for-4 with an RBI and Wilmer Flores and Andrew Brown had an RBI apiece in the setback for New York.

Starter Matt Harvey pitched six innings of two-run ball and left in line for the win, but a lackluster performance from the bullpen forced him into a no decision.

With the game tied at 2-2 in the seventh and Omar Quintanilla standing at second base following his double, New York pinch hit for Harvey with Brown and the move paid off, with the righty clubbing a double off Padres starter Eric Stults into center to move the Mets in front.

The Padres left the bases loaded in the home eighth, but not before tying the score at 3-3. Chase Headley's double off Gonzalez Germen stayed just inside of the right field line and put runners at second and third, and Denorfia brought in the tying run with a slow rolling grounder toward short.

New York struck quickly in the opening inning. Justin Turner reached third base when he lofted a fly ball just past the diving stretch of Venable in center, and came in to score easily on Byrd's double into the left field gap.

Byrd helped the Mets get another run in the fourth. He led off with a single and hustled into third while Logan Forsythe bobbled a Josh Satin single in left. Flores lifted a fly to right and Byrd beat the throw home.

The Padres capitalized on Harvey's poor start to the fifth inning, in which he plunked leadoff man Forsythe and then served up a bloop single to Nick Hundley. Stults sacrificed the runners over and Venable brought a run in when he chopped an infield hit just out of Harvey's reach. Amarista knotted the score at 2-2 with sac fly to center.

Game Notes

Harvey struck out six and is winless in his last five road starts ... Stults turned in 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks ... Hundley went 3-for-3 for San Diego ... Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud walked twice and remains hitless through his first two major league games.

Box Score:

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 123


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 123:

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Justin Turner, 2b
  3. Marlon Byrd, rf
  4. Josh Satin, 1b
  5. Wilmer Flores, 3b
  6. Juan Lagares, cf
  7. Travis d'Arnaud, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Matt Harvey, rhp

Preview: Game 122 - Mets at Padres - Harvey vs Stults


New York Mets (56-65) at San Diego Padres (55-68) 4:10 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
M. Harvey (R) 24 9-4 2.236.15-22.748/13@LADL6.0841-220.23.05
E. Stults (L) 25 8-10 3.685.25-22.378/13@COLND4.21150-118.13.93

Preview:

Young pitching phenom Matt Harvey will take the mound Sunday for the New York Mets in the finale of a four-game series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

The All-Star Harvey is coming off a loss at Los Angeles on Tuesday and allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings of a 4-2 setback. Harvey dropped to 9-4 in 24 starts to go along with a 2.23 earned run average and is winless (0-2) in his past four road assignments.

Harvey, who is still 5-2 in 11 away starts, defeated the Padres with seven shutout innings in an 8-4 win back on April 3 and is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA in two career starts against them.

New York was targeting a series win over the Padres, but suffered an 8-2 loss Saturday in the third portion of this set. Jenrry Mejia allowed one run in three innings before leaving with an arm issue and David Aardsma absorbed the loss for permitting four runs across the fourth and fifth innings.


Recap: Game 121 - Mets (2) at Padres (8) - Padres Mash Mets


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San Diego (55-68)«10031003x8150

W: E. Volquez (9-10) L: D. Aardsma (2-2)
HR: NYM - None   SD - N. Hundley (10),J. Gyorko (13)

Recap:

Nick Hundley stroked a two-run homer and Will Venable had four hits as the San Diego Padres eclipsed the New York Mets, 8-2, on Saturday at Petco Park.

Jedd Gyorko added a late three-run homer and Alexi Amarista, Chris Denorfia and Jesus Guzman supplied an RBI apiece to back starter Edinson Volquez (9-10), who limited New York to two runs on seven hits over five innings.

"It was good to see a bunch of guys get a couple hits," said Padres manager Bud Black.

Mets starter Jenrry Mejia was forced to exit in the fourth inning after experiencing elbow discomfort in his pitching arm. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery back in 2011.

David Aardsma (2-2) gave up four runs over two innings of relief to absorb the loss.

Travis d'Arnaud, the main piece New York received in the R.A. Dickey trade this past offseason, made his major league debut to fill in for regular catcher John Buck, who was placed on paternity leave. He went hitless, but did walk twice.

"It's indescribable, man," said d'Darnaud about his first major league game. "It's one of those feelings that everyone dreams they can have and I can't even describe it. Unfortunately we got the loss, so we're going to try and come out tomorrow and win the series."

Hundley, in his first game back since leaving the club for the birth of his daughter, snapped a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning after Mejia's elbow flared up on a pitch to Logan Forsythe, forcing him to exit.

Forsythe greeted Aardsma with a single and Hundley followed two batters later with a two-run homer. Amarista then drove in Venable, who had doubled, with a two-out base hit to give the Padres a 4-1 lead.

New York got a run back in the fifth on Ike Davis' run-scoring single, but stranded runners on second and third when d'Arnaud grounded out to end the inning.

The Padres responded in the home portion, with pinch-hitter Guzman knocking in Forsythe from second with a two-out hit before getting thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double.

Dale Thayer relieved Volquez and the Padres bullpen protected the 5-2 lead, with Thayer, Nick Vincent, Luke Gregerson and Huston Street each tossing a scoreless frame. Gyorko's homer in the eighth inning created a six-run spread.

Venable scored the game's first run in the first inning, reaching with a single before swiping second and later scoring on Denorfia's base hit.

Eric Young then used his speed in the third to even the score at 1-1. He reached on a bunt single, stole second, then came home to score on Daniel Murphy's shot through the right side.

Game Notes

Venable extended his hitting streak to 14 games ... Volquez entered the day with an 0-5 record and a 7.76 ERA in six prior starts against the Mets ... Young had two hits and scored both New York runs ... The Mets were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 121 (d'Arnaud's MLB Debut)


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 121

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. Marlon Byrd, rf
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Wilmer Flores, 3b
  6. Travis d'Arnaud, c
  7. Juan Lagares, cf
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Jenrry Mejia, rhp
Game Notes:

Travis d'Arnaud makes his major league debut, while Wilmer Flores starts for the first time since twisting his right ankle Monday at Dodger Stadium.

Preview: Game 121 - Mets at Padres - Mejia vs Volquez


New York Mets (56-64) at San Diego Padres (54-68) 8:40 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
J. Mejia (R) 4 1-2 2.224.21-22.378/12@LADL6.0620-217.13.12
E. Volquez (R) 25 8-10 5.805.13-75.278/12@COLL4.1980-216.26.48

Preview:

The New York Mets target their second three-game winning streak in the last 10 days when they continue a four-game series against the San Diego Padres Saturday from Petco Park.

The Mets won the opener of this set by a 4-1 score to halt a three-game slide, then registered a 5-2 win Friday night thanks to home runs by Daniel Murphy, Marlon Byrd and Ike Davis.

Anthony Recker had three hits and a run scored for New York, which is 4-4 on an 11-game road trip and has won seven of 11 games overall. Jon Niese earned the win by striking out nine batters over six innings of one-run ball and LaTroy Hawkins nailed down his fourth save in a scoreless ninth.

The Mets have scored the game's first run in 10 of their last 11 contests.

New York catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud is set to make his major league debut Saturday and will take the roster spot of starting catcher John Buck, who flew to New York on Friday for the birth of his third child.

"We're all excited to see Travis," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Like a lot of these guys, there's a huge buildup taking place. Some of the reports are pretty impressive, and you hear about them, so I'm pretty excited to see him play."

d'Arnaud batted .304 with two homers and 12 RBI in 19 games (56 at-bats) with Triple-A Las Vegas. He will be the battery mate to Jenrry Mejia, who will take the mound against the Padres and is 1-2 with a 2.22 ERA in four starts. Mejia lost at Los Angeles on Monday in a 4-2 setback and gave up three runs -- two earned -- in six innings.

Happy Recap: Game 120 - Mets (5) at Padres (2) - Three HR's Lift Mets


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San Diego (54-68)001000010290

W: J. Niese (5-6) L: I. Kennedy (4-9) S: L. Hawkins (4)
HR: NYM - M. Byrd (19),I. Davis (7),D. Murphy (10)   SD - W. Venable (16)

Recap:

Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer and Marlon Byrd and Ike Davis added solo shots as the New York Mets clipped the San Diego Padres, 5-2, on Friday.

Eric Young drove in a run and Anthony Recker went 3-for-3 with a run scored for the Mets, who have taken the first two tilts of this four-game set.

Jon Niese (5-6) gave up six hits, including a solo homer, and struck out a season-high nine batters to pick up his second straight win. LaTroy Hawkins worked a scoreless ninth to nail down his fourth save of the season.

Will Venable hit a solo homer and Yonder Alonso added an RBI for the Padres, losers in five of their last six.

Ian Kennedy (4-9) was tagged for five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out seven over 4 2/3 innings. Kennedy is 1-1 over three starts since being dealt to San Diego and has dropped six of his last seven decisions overall.

"His stuff was good as evidenced by the seven strikeouts," Padres manager Bud Black said of Kennedy.

The Mets scored one run in the second and two in the third to take an early 3-0 lead.

In the second, Recker doubled, moved to third on Omar Quintanilla's single then scored on a Young groundout to second.

Byrd and Davis opened the third with back-to-back homers to make it a three- run game.

"It was a fastball middle-in and I finally caught up to one and drove it out of the yard," Davis, who hadn't homered in 36 games said.

Venable smashed a homer in the home half to pull the Padres within 3-1, but Murphy clubbed a two-run homer in the fourth to make it a four-run game. Niese worked a leadoff walk, and after Young struck out, Murphy clobbered his 10th homer of the season deep into the seats in right field.

The Padres added a run in the eighth. Chase Headley doubled then scored on Alonso's single to center field.

Game Notes

The Mets have scored the game's first run in 10 of their last 11 contests ... Niese is 2-0 since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 11 ... Niese has held opponents to no more than three earned runs in seven of his last eight starts ... New York went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position ... San Diego went 1-for-12 with RISP ... San Diego's Jedd Gyorko recorded his sixth three-hit games this season.

Box Score:

Friday, August 16, 2013

Preview: Game 120 - Mets at Padres - Niese vs Kennedy


New York Mets (55-64) at San Diego Padres (54-67) 10:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
J. Niese (L) 15 4-6 4.455.23-26.548/11@ARIW6.0741-115.05.40
I. Kennedy (R) 23 4-8 4.976.03-34.978/11@CINND8.0321-118.23.38

Preview:

Right-hander Ian Kennedy makes his third start in a San Diego uniform on Friday night when the Padres host the New York Mets in game two of a four-game series at Petco Park.

A 21-game winner in 2011 and a 15-time winner last season for Arizona, Kennedy skidded to just three wins in 11 decisions over 21 starts this year before he was shipped to the Padres in a three-player deal on July 31.

He debuted with the Padres on Aug. 4 and was a 6-3 winner over the New York Yankees after allowing two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.

He pitched well in a no-decision in start No. 2 seven days later in Cincinnati, scattering three hits and allowing two runs on eight innings of a game the Padres ultimately lost, 3-2.

He's 4-0 in five career starts against the Mets and last faced them while with Arizona on July 4, when he surrendered two runs on six hits over seven innings of a game Arizona won, 5-4.

Kennedy is 4-1 in seven career starts at Petco Park while posting a 2.40 earned run average across 41 1/3 innings.

He faces lefty Jonathon Niese, who picked up a win in his last start - just his second over his last 10 outings.

Happy Recap: Game 119 - Mets (4) at Padres (1) - Zach is Back - Striking Out 12, Byrd breaks it open in 8th


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W: S. Atchison (3-1) L: L. Gregerson (5-7) S: G. Germen (1)
HR: NYM - J. Buck (15)   SD - None

Recap:

Marlon Byrd's two-run double in the eighth inning lifted the New York Mets to a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a four-game set at Petco Park.

With two on and two outs, Byrd laced a double over the head of Chris Denorfia in right, allowing Mike Baxter and Daniel Murphy to score.

John Buck added a solo homer in the ninth to account for the final margin.

Josh Satin finished with two hits and an RBI and Murphy added a pair of runs scored for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Scott Atchison (3-1) earned the win after tossing a perfect inning in relief and Gonzalez Germen notched his first career save after spinning a pair of scoreless innings.

New York starter Zack Wheeler gave up one run on seven hits while fanning a career-high 12 batters over six solid innings.

Luke Gregerson (5-7) was pegged with the loss after giving up Byrd's double. Starter Tyson Ross did not factor in the decision despite giving up just one run on five hits while striking out eight over seven innings.

Box Score:

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Preview: Game 119 - Mets at Padres - Wheeler vs Ross


New York Mets (54-64) at San Diego Padres (54-66) 10:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
Z. Wheeler (R) 10 5-2 3.635.24-02.218/10@ARIW6.1611-118.13.44
T. Ross (R) 7 3-5 2.755.00-12.168/10@CINW7.0412-121.01.29

Preview:

New York rookie southpaw Zack Wheeler can stay unbeaten on the road on Thursday night when the Mets pull into Petco Park to begin a four- game series with the San Diego Padres.

The 23-year-old Georgia native was initially drafted by the San Francisco Giants before heading to the Mets organization in a trade for outfielder Carlos Beltran.

He debuted with six innings of scoreless four-hit ball in a 6-1 win at Atlanta on June 18, and has since improved to 4-0 in six road starts while toting a stingy 2.21 earned run average.

He was a 4-1 winner over the Arizona Diamondbacks in his last start - in Phoenix - on Aug. 10, and allowed a single run on six hits with no walks over 6 1/3 innings of work.

In 36 2/3 innings on the road, opponents have managed to hit just .206 - 33 points lower than his overall mark of .239.

He's opposed by journeyman righty Tyson Ross, who makes his 29th career start - and eighth for the Padres - in his 80th career big-league outing.

Now 26, Ross was a second-round pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2008 and was 6-18 in 53 games with the team through the end of 2012.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Recap: Game 109 - Mets at Padres - Harvey Fails the test in San Diego, Mets Lose 7-3


Petco Park (San Diego, CA)
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San Diego (46-64) «20300011x7110
 
W: J. Marquis (7-10) L: M. Harvey (1-2)
HR: NYM - R. Cedeno (3)   SD - C. Headley (15),Y. Alonso (6),C. Quentin (11)

Recap:
Jason Marquis stifled the New York Mets over 6 1/3 strong innings on Sunday to help the Padres take the rubber match of a three-game series with a 7-3 triumph at Petco Park.

Marquis (5-6) was charged for three runs, but allowed just four hits and one walk with five strikeouts to earn his fourth victory in his last five starts.

"I got some quick outs, defense made some good plays and (we) put some runs on early and made it a little easier," said Marquis.

Yonder Alonso and Chase Headley each belted two-run homers, while Carlos Quentin added a solo shot for the Padres, who have won seven of their last nine home games.

Rookie Matt Harvey (1-2) was shelled for five runs on eight hits over five frames. Ronny Cedeno hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the setback, as the Mets wrapped up a season-high 11-game road trip at 6-5.

"It was one of those days where I couldn't find the strike zone and when I did it wasn't quality," said Harvey. "Just one of those days."

The Padres jumped in front in their first at-bat, as Everth Cabrera clubbed a one-out double and Headley followed with a two-run blast over the wall in right field to give the home team an early 2-0 lead.

San Diego added three more in the third, all with two outs. Headley kept the inning alive with a two-out walk and Quentin followed with a double to right to plate Headley.

Alonso then crushed a fastball over the wall in straightaway center field to give the Padres a 5-0 lead.

The Mets finally broke through in the sixth as Mike Baxter walked to start the frame and pinch-hitter Cedeno followed two batters later with a two-run blast to left to trim the margin to 5-2.

New York inched closer in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Jason Bay, but Quentin crushed a two-out fastball in the bottom half to restore San Diego's three-run advantage.

San Diego added a two-out insurance run in the eighth when Josh Baker singled to keep the inning alive and Mark Kotsay followed with a pinch-hit double into the right-field corner to plate Baker for a 7-3 lead.

Huston Street then tossed a perfect ninth to record his 19th consecutive scoreless appearance and nail down the series victory for the Padres.

Game Notes

Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada extended his hit-streak to 11 games with a single in the first inning...Marquis improved to 7-7 in 26 career games (19 starts) against the Mets...The Mets head home for a six-game stay beginning with a three-game set on Tuesday versus Miami...Street hasn't allowed a run since June 17 at Oakland, spanning 18 1/3 innings.

Box Score:

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 109


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 109:

  1. Ruben Tejada, ss
  2. Jordany Valdespin, cf
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  6. Jason Bay, lf
  7. Mike Baxter, rf
  8. Rob Johnson, c
  9. Matt Harvey, rhp

Preview: Game 109 - Mets at Padres - It's Harvey Time!


New York Mets (53-55) at San Diego Padres (45-64) 4:05 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
M. Harvey (R) 2 1-1 1.595.21-11.597/31@SFL6.0421-111.11.59
J. Marquis (R) 11 4-6 4.085.21-43.607/31@CINL6.1872-118.25.30

Preview:
The New York Mets hope to end their season-long 11-game road trip on a high note when they close out a three-game series against the San Diego Padres today at Petco Park.

The Mets have split the first two installments of this set and recorded a 6-2 win last night thanks to a strong start from Jeremy Hefner. Hefner held the Padres to a run in six innings and Frank Francisco later nailed down his 19th save for New York, which is 6-4 so far on the trek.

"He changes speeds, uses his changeup, has a nice little slider," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Hefner. "He doesn't try to overthrow and for the most part he's in the strike zone. He makes you swing the bat and doesn't beat himself by walking guys.

Mike Baxter set a franchise record by drawing five walks in a nine-inning game. Vince Coleman also walked five times on Aug. 10, 1992 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but needed 16 innings to do it.

Daniel Murphy went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, while Jordany Valdespin highlighted a four-run second inning with a two-run double. David Wright ended 0-for-3 for a second straight game and still needs one more home run to reach 200 in his career. He will join Darryl Strawberry (252) and Mike Piazza (220) in that category. Wright also is three RBI shy of 800.

Ruben Tejada had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, but Andres Torres finished 0-for-4 to have his 13-game road hitting streak halted. The Mets are 7-15 since the All-Star break and will head home tonight to start a six-game stay versus Miami and Atlanta.

Happy Recap: Game 108 - Mets at Padres - Mets win 6-2


Petco Park (San Diego, CA)
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N.Y. Mets (53-55) «040000110691
San Diego (45-64)001000001280
 
W: J. Hefner (2-4) L: E. Volquez (7-8)
S: F. Francisco (19)
HR: NYM - None   SD - C. Headley (14)

Recap:
Jordany Valdespin's two-run double highlighted a four-run second, while rookie Jeremy Hefner won his first game since May 29 as the New York Mets downed the San Diego Padres, 6-2, in the middle test of a three-game set.

Mike Baxter set a franchise record by drawing five walks in a nine-inning game. Vince Coleman also walked five times on Aug. 10, 1992 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but needed 16 innings to do it.

Daniel Murphy went 4-for-4 with two runs scored for the Mets, who have won five of their last seven games.

Hefner (2-4) surrendered a run on five hits over six frames and Frank Francisco induced John Baker into a game-ending double play to notch his 19th save of the season.

"He changes speeds, uses his changeup, has a nice little slider," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He doesn't try to overthrow and for the most part he's in the strike zone. He makes you swing the bat and doesn't beat himself by walking guys.

Struggling with his control, Edinson Volquez (7-8) lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on two hits and four walks for San Diego, which has dropped six of its last eight contests.

"His mechanics were out of whack," San Diego manager Bud Black said of taking Volquez out early. "It was to the point where I thought it might not get better as the game moved forward."

The Mets took advantage of Volquez's command issues in the four-run second.

Ike Davis singled to begin the frame and Murphy and Baxter worked back-to-back walks to load the bases. After Andres Torres struck out, a free pass to Josh Thole plated Davis and after Hefner fanned, Ruben Tejada walked to score Murphy. Valdespin then doubled to deep right, bringing home Baxter and Thole for a 4-0 lead.

Alexi Amarista's RBI single in the fourth got the Padres on the board, but the Mets got the run back in the seventh on Thole's RBI groundout and added another in the eighth on Davis' two-out run-scoring single to right, making it a 6-1 game.

Chase Headley cracked a leadoff homer in the ninth off Bobby Parnell to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

The Mets improved to 6-4 on their season-high 11-game road trip...Tejada had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games...The Mets were 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position, while San Diego finished 1-for-4.

Box Score:

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 108


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 108:
  1. Tejada-SS
  2. Valdespin-LF
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Davis-1B
  5. Murphy-2B
  6. Baxter-RF
  7. Torres-CF
  8. Thole-C
  9. Hefner-RHP

Preview: Game 108 - Mets at Padres - Hefner vs Volquez


New York Mets (52-55) at San Diego Padres (45-63) 8:35 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
J. Hefner (R) 5 1-4 5.525.10-24.057/30@SFND5.21040-113.25.27
E. Volquez (R) 22 7-7 3.515.13-42.847/30@CINW5.0652-021.03.00

Preview:
Edinson Volquez is looking for the longest winning streak of his career, and a start at Petco Park may be just what he needs.

The San Diego Padres are also enjoying their best stretch of the year at home.

Volquez goes for a fifth consecutive victorious decision Saturday when he attempts to beat the New York Mets for the first time.

Volquez (7-7, 3.51 ERA) is 4-0 with a 2.36 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 45 2-3 innings over his last seven starts. That matches the right-hander's longest string of victories, previously achieved over five starts at the beginning of 2008 with Cincinnati.

His current run includes a tremendous stretch at pitcher-friendly Petco. He tossed a one-hit shutout in his most recent home start July 19, improving to 2-0 with a 0.40 ERA and a .133 opponent batting average in his last three outings in San Diego.

Volquez is hoping a return home can help him rebound from a lackluster performance in an 11-5 win at Cincinnati on Monday. He beat his former team despite allowing five runs and six hits - two homers - with three walks in five innings.

Recap: Game 107 - Mets at Padres - Dickey, Mets Lose 3-1


Petco Park (San Diego, CA)
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W: C. Richard (8-11) L: R. Dickey (14-3)
S: H. Street (18)
HR: NYM - None   SD - None

Recap:
Yonder Alonso tallied San Diego's first hit off R.A. Dickey in the fifth and then provided the key one off him in the seventh to put the Padres over the top.

Alonso had two of San Diego's four hits against the knuckleballer Dickey, including the go-ahead double in the seventh, as the Padres rallied past the New York Mets, 3-1, in the opener of a three-game set.

Clayton Richard (8-11) surrendered a run on eight hits and two walks for the Padres, who had dropped five of their previous six coming in.

Huston Street recorded the final four outs to notch his 18th save of the year.

Dickey (14-3) fanned nine, but allowed three runs -- two earned -- on four hits and three walks in seven innings for the Mets, who had won four of five heading in.

The contest was tied 1-1 going into the seventh before the Padres surged ahead.

Carlos Quentin slapped a one-out single and Alonso came up next and lofted a fly ball to right-center field. Scott Hairston was unable to make the sliding catch and Quentin, running hard all of the way from first, scored after the 6-foot-2, 235 pounder barreled into catcher Josh Thole at the plate and knocked the ball free.

"Carlos went in there with the intent to score," Padres manager Bud Black said.

John Baker's looping single into left brought home Alonso for a 3-1 Padres margin.

Earlier, Ronny Cedeno's RBI single in the fourth gave the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Alonso's one-out base hit in the fifth broke up Dickey's no-hitter, but the home team didn't need a hit to tie the game in the sixth.

Everth Cabrera worked a leadoff walk, scampered to second on Richard's sacrifice bunt, swiped third and scored on Chris Denorfia's sacrifice fly to right, knotting the game at 1-1.

Game Notes

Alonso is 8-for-20 (.400) over his last four games with two RBI and three runs scored...Street extended his scoreless innings streak to 17 1/3 frames. He last allowed a run to the Oakland A's on June 17...Cabrera is a perfect 19- for-19 in stolen base attempts this year...San Diego moved to 39-0 when leading after eight...San Diego has won eight of its last 10 home games.

Box Score:

Friday, August 03, 2012

Preview: Game 107 - Mets at Padres - Dickey Looking to Keep Mets Going


New York Mets (52-54) at San Diego Padres (44-63) 10:05 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
R. Dickey (R) 21 14-2 2.836.08-12.807/29@ARIW7.0401-114.03.86
C. Richard (L) 22 7-11 4.145.24-43.717/29@MIAND5.1521-118.26.27

Preview:
With a wide gulf separating them from the top of the NL East, the New York Mets need R.A. Dickey pitching at the top of his game if they harbor any hopes of climbing back into contention.

Dickey's most recent outing was quite encouraging.

The Mets will hand the ball to the knuckleballer Friday in the opener of a three-game road series against the San Diego Padres.

Dickey (14-2, 2.83 ERA) was nearly unhittable for much of the season's first half and earned a spot on the All-Star team, but his knuckler fluttered back to earth as he went 1-1 with a 6.49 ERA in his first six appearances of July.

He returned to All-Star form Sunday at Arizona, allowing an unearned run and four hits while striking out eight through seven innings of work in a 5-1 victory.

Dickey pitched similarly well in a 2-0 home win over the Padres on May 27, striking out 10 and limiting San Diego to three hits in 7 1-3 innings.

"When you don't see it often, it's different," San Diego manager Bud Black told his team's official website after that contest. "You really can't simulate it or prepare for it in BP. He was throwing strikes and getting a lot of called strikes. He kept pumping the strike zone with the knuckleball. It was dancing."

Dickey has been dominant on the road all year, going 7-0 with a 1.75 ERA in his last eight starts away from home. His only road loss came on April 18 at Atlanta.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Happy Recap : Game 123 - Mets at Padres - Wright Leads Mets into Victory!


Final Score: New York 7, San Diego 3

David Wright hit a three-run homer to back 6 2/3 strong innings from Dillon Gee, as the New York Mets downed the San Diego Padres, 7-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Gee (11-4) allowed just one run on five hits and four walks while fanning five to earn the win.

Angel Pagan had three RBI for the Mets, who won a series in San Diego for the first time since 2002.

Mat Latos (6-12) allowed three runs on four hits over six innings to suffer the loss. He struck out six and walked two.

Aaron Cunningham, Nick Hundley and Alberto Gonzalez each had RBI doubles for the Padres.

In the bottom of the first, a Jason Bartlett single and a Cameron Maybin double placed runners at second and third with one out, but Gee struck out Jesus Guzman and grounded out Orlando Hudson to escape.

With Pagan and Willie Harris aboard in the third, Wright lifted a 2-2 fastball over the wall in left.

Latos drew a leadoff walk in the home half, but Gee struck out Will Venable, then made a behind-the-back grab on a Bartlett grounder to initiate a 1-6-3 double play.

In the fourth, Maybin worked a leadoff walk and reached second with two down. Logan Forsythe then ripped a grounder down the third base line. Wright made the diving stop and faked the throw to first before tagging out Maybin, who had rounded third on the fake throw.

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