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

Friday, April 05, 2013

Recap: Game 3 - Padres (2) at Mets (1) - Mets Fall Despite Gee Pitching Well


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W: E. Stults (1-0) L: D. Gee (0-1) S: H. Street (1)
HR: SD - None   NYM - J. Buck (2)

Gee Looked Great
Recap:
Eric Stults combined with five San Diego relievers on a five-hitter as the Padres finally cooled off the New York Mets' hot bats with a 2-1 victory at Citi Field.

The Mets pasted San Diego pitching for 19 runs in winning the first two tests of this season-opening series, but managed just three hits off Stults (1-0) during a five-inning stint in which the left-hander racked up seven of the Padres' 14 strikeouts.

"They were swinging the bat well the first two games," said Stults of the Mets. "They put up a lot of runs and weren't missing many pitches. The goal today was to keep us in the game and hopefully we could come out on top, and it worked out that way."

Luke Gregerson fanned three more over 1 1/3 hitless innings later on before giving way to Huston Street, who served up a home run to John Buck to open the bottom of the ninth before recording the final three outs to earn the save.

Jedd Gyorko put the Padres ahead with an RBI double in the fourth inning, with Yonder Alonso finishing 2-for-4 in the win.

Buck went 2-for-4 and Justin Turner accounted for the Mets' three other hits, while Dillon Gee (0-1) yielded just one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings in a hard-luck loss.

"He pitched very well, kept us in the ball game," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Gee. "I hope he puts the health issues behind him, because his stuff's good enough and he showed today than when he makes pitches he's gonna get easy outs."

Making his first start in the majors since undergoing shoulder surgery last July, Gee set down 10 straight San Diego hitters after issuing a walk to Everth Cabrera to open the game, until Mark Kotsay reached via a bloop single with one out in the top of the fourth. Alonso followed with a base hit before Gyorko pulled a changeup inside the third base bag to bring home Kotsay with the game's first run.

The Mets had put two on with one out an inning earlier, but Stults prevented any damage by inducing Ike Davis into a double-play grounder, then retired the side in order in both the fourth and fifth.

"[Catcher John] Baker called a good game behind the plate and we were able to keep them off balance today," Stults remarked.

New York also threatened in the sixth, with Turner greeting reliever Brad Brach with a single and Davis drawing a walk two batters later. Brach settled down to strike out Marlon Byrd, however, before Joe Thatcher came on to fan Lucas Duda looking and keep it a 1-0 game.

San Diego stranded the bases full in the seventh, but was able to get some insurance in the eighth. After a walk to pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia and an Alonso single placed runners at the corners, Mets reliever Jeurys Familia uncorked a wild pitch to allow Denorfia to cross the plate.

That extra run proved critical after Buck clubbed Street's first pitch well over the wall in left for his second homer in as many games. The San Diego closer shook off the blast, however, by retiring the next two hitters before ending the contest with a swinging strikeout of Mike Baxter.

Game Notes

Stults' seven strikeouts were his most in 19 lifetime appearances (15 starts) as a Padre and two short of a career high, set against Colorado while with the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 17, 2007 ... The Padres had lost five straight at Citi Field since an 11-5 victory on May 24 of last season, during which Stults gave up just one unearned run in five frames to notch the win ... Gee has allowed just three runs in 20 innings over three career meetings with San Diego ... Buck went 6-for-12 with two homers and five RBI during the series.

Box Score:

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Today's Starting Lineups - Game 3 - Padres at Mets


Today's Starting Lineups - Game 3 - Padres at Mets

Mets
  1. Collin Cowgill, cf
  2. Justin Turner, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Marlon Byrd, rf
  6. Lucas Duda, lf
  7. John Buck, c
  8. Ruben Tejada, ss
  9. Dillon Gee, rhp

Padres
  1. Everth Cabrera ss
  2. Will Venable, rf
  3. Mark Kotsay, lf
  4. Yonder Alonso, 1b
  5. Jedd Gyorko, 3b
  6. Alexi Amarista, 2b
  7. Cameron Maybin, cf
  8. John Baker, c
  9. Eric Stults, lhp

Preview: Game 3 - Padres at Mets - Stults vs Gee


San Diego Padres at New York Mets 1:10 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
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E. Stults (L) 0 0-0 0.005.10-00.003/29--ND0.0000-00.00.00
D. Gee (R) 0 0-0 0.006.00-00.003/30--ND0.0000-00.00.00

Preview:
Dillon Gee returns to the hill on Thursday when the New York Mets shoot for three-game series sweep against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.

Gee was in the midst of a career-best season a year ago when a blood clot in his right shoulder forced him to undergo emergency surgery over the All-Star break in July, thus ending his season.

At the time of the injury, Gee was 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA.

Gee will try to follow up Matt Harvey's dominating performance from Wednesday. The former first round pick struck out 10 batters over seven scoreless innings, and the Mets rolled to an 8-4 win.

Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and John Buck each hit two-run homers to back up Harvey (1-0), who began his first full season by allowing just one hit and two walks. After crushing the Padres, 11-2, on Opening Day, the Mets will try to start a second straight season with a sweep on Thursday.

"He's got a presence on the mound that not everyone has," Davis said of the young hurler. "I'll tell you what, I wouldn't like to hit against the guy."

San Diego starter Clayton Richard (0-1), last season's National League leader in home runs allowed, gave up all three of New York's homers. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs -- seven earned -- on seven hits.

Carlos Quentin and Nick Hundley each contributed an RBI for the Padres.

On Thursday, San Diego will pin its hopes on lefty Eric Stults, who was a pleasant surprise for the Padres last season. Claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox back in May, Stults posted an 8-3 record with a 2.92 ERA in 14 starts for San Diego.

However, he struggled a bit in spring, pitching to a 6.63 ERA in 19 innings.

"We need to get a win, no doubt about it," manager Bud Black said. "Stultzie has had a good couple of starts at the end of spring and he's capable of pitching a great game."

New York was 4-3 against the Padres last season.

Happy Recap: Game 2 - Padres (4) at Mets (8) - Mets Go Yard 3 Times, Harvey Brilliant in First Start


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W: M. Harvey (1-0) L: C. Richard (0-1)
HR: SD - None   NYM - L. Duda (1),J. Buck (1),I. Davis (1)

10 K's
Recap:
Final Score: New York 8, San Diego 4

The New York Mets think they have the ace of their rotation in Matt Harvey, and if his first start of the season was any indication, they may be right.

The 24-year-old right-hander dominated with 10 strikeouts over seven shutout innings, and the Mets smacked the Padres, 8-4, on Wednesday at Citi Field.

Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and John Buck each hit two-run homers to back up Harvey (1-0), who began his first full season by allowing just one hit and two walks. After crushing the Padres, 11-2, on Opening Day, the Mets will look to sweep the season-opening series on Thursday.

San Diego starter Clayton Richard (0-1), last season's National League leader in home runs allowed, gave up all three of New York's homers. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs -- seven earned -- on seven hits.

Carlos Quentin and Nick Hundley each contributed an RBI for the Padres.

Harvey got going early, fanning five of the first nine Padres and was perfect through three innings. Everth Cabrera had the Padres first hit in the fourth, but was later picked off and Harvey forced an inning ending double-play soon after to escape his only jam of the evening.

The Mets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on the bat of Duda, who crushed Richard's fastball down the middle into the 10th row of the right field upper deck.

In his next at-bat, Duda raked another shot into right, this one for a double. Buck followed, and his opposite field liner just cleared the right-field fence to give the Mets a four-run cushion by the end of the fourth.

New York then broke it open in the fifth by plating four more, with Davis' deep two-run blast highlighting the inning and Buck delivering the final score with an RBI single.

David Wright got it started, though, when he ripped an RBI double down the left field line to score Daniel Murphy from first. Richard was yanked after walking Marlon Byrd and the Mets had a commanding 8-0 lead going into sixth.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Preview: Game 2 - Padres at Mets - Richard vs Harvey


San Diego Padres (0-1) at New York Mets (1-0), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Clayton Richard (0-0, 0.00) NY Mets - Matt Harvey (0-0, 0.00)

Preview:

Right-hander Matt Harvey begins his first full season in the majors on Wednesday when the New York Mets continue a three-game series with the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.

Big things are expected for the former seventh overall pick, who started 10 games for the Mets last season and was 3-5 with a 2.73 ERA.

"Matt Harvey, when the season was over, we said, 'Hey look, your changeup has got to be another pitch you need to use.' And all he did was come to Spring Training and worked hard to use it, and it became a very effective pitch," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "So he's made adjustments himself already."

Monday, April 01, 2013

Happy Recap: Opening Day - Game 1 - Padres (2) at Mets (11) - Cowgill opens with a bang, Niese gets the win


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W: J. Niese (1-0) L: E. Volquez (0-1)
HR: SD - Y. Alonso (1)   NYM - C. Cowgill (1)

Recap:
Final Score: New York 11, San Diego 2

Jon Niese allowed just two runs over 6 2/3 innings and helped his own cause with a pair of hits, an RBI and a run scored, as the New York Mets opened their 2013 campaign with an 11-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday at Citi Field.

Niese (1-0) scattered four hits and walked two with four strikeouts, while Collin Cowgill clubbed a grand slam and scored twice for the Mets, who have won 34 of their last 44 Opening Day games and own the best winning percentage (.654) on Opening Day in major league history.

Marlon Byrd finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored, while John Buck and Ruben Tejada each added two hits, an RBI and two runs scored for New York, which finished 74-88 last season.

Yonder Alonso stroked a solo home run and Carlos Quentin knocked in the other run for the Padres, who struggled to a 76-86 mark a year ago and missed the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

San Diego starter Edinson Volquez (0-1) was tagged for six runs on six hits and three walks over three-plus innings in defeat.

The Mets jumped on top in the second inning, as Buck kept the frame alive with a two-out walk before coming around to score on Tejada's double into the left- field corner.

Tejada alertly moved to third on the throw to the plate before Niese slapped a single the opposite way to score Tejada for a 2-0 lead.

San Diego cut the margin in half on Quentin's two-out RBI single in the top of the third, but the Mets answered with a pair in the bottom half to seize control.

David Wright got things started with a one-out single and promptly stole second before moving to third on a groundout. Byrd then delivered a two-out, two-strike single to left-center field and after Lucas Duda worked a walk, Buck scorched a line-drive single into center field to score Byrd and give the Mets a 4-1 cushion.

Volquez ran into more trouble in the fourth, as he issued a leadoff walk to his pitching counterpart before Cowgill followed with a double. Anthony Bass then replaced Volquez and Daniel Murphy smacked his first offering into right field to score Niese.

Murphy then moved to second on a wild pitch before Cowgill scored on Wright's groundout. Bass looked poised to escape the jam after striking out Ike Davis, but Byrd belted a two-out single to left field to score Murphy for a 7-1 lead.

San Diego got one back in the sixth on Alonso's leadoff blast, but Cowgill's grand slam in the bottom of the seventh put to rest any hopes of a San Diego comeback.

Game Notes

Cowgill is the second Met to hit a grand slam on Opening Day after Todd Hundley accomplished the feat in 1995 ... New York was 4-3 against the Padres last season ... Niese became the 22nd pitcher in team history to make an Opening Day start ... The Mets announced Saturday that pitcher Johan Santana will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder ... Volquez was making his third straight Opening Day start ... Wright finished with an RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases.

Box Score:

Preview: Opening Day - Game 1 - Padres at Mets


Preview: Opening Day - Game 1 - Padres at Mets

Two main attractions will be missing when the New York Mets host San Diego in their season opener Monday.

Chase Headley, the biggest bat on the Padres and last season's NL RBI leader, is sidelined for a few weeks with a broken thumb.

Johan Santana's future is far more precarious.

After re-tearing the anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder, the one-time Mets ace is scheduled for another surgery Tuesday that he hopes can save his career.

So the opening day assignment goes to Jonathon Niese, suddenly thrust into the role of No. 1 starter for a team that traded Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey during the offseason.

"It's Jon Niese's turn. He's now that guy," manager Terry Collins said Sunday at Citi Field.

Born on the day the Mets won the 1986 World Series, Niese established career bests across the board last season when he went 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA in 190 1-3 innings.

The fast-working lefty will face a Padres lineup also minus promising young catcher Yasmani Grandal, suspended for the first 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. Left fielder Carlos Quentin should be ready to go, though, after he was slowed this spring with discomfort in his surgically repaired right knee. Top prospect Jedd Gyorko takes over at second base.

Niese said this spring he won't try to "fill anyone's shoes." But he acknowledged Sunday that he'll probably be a little anxious on opening day.

Pitching for the Padres will be Edinson Volquez, set to make his third consecutive opening day start. He got the ball last year for San Diego and in 2011 with Cincinnati.

Volquez, an All-Star with the Reds in 2008, has a tendency to be wild. But he played a pivotal role for the Dominican Republic team that won the World Baseball Classic this spring.

The right-hander was 11-11 with a 4.14 ERA last season after he and Grandal were part of the four-player package Cincinnati sent to San Diego for pitcher Mat Latos in December 2011.

"Edinson Volquez is very capable of throwing a hell of a game," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I think our guys are physically and mentally ready to do it. They're in a good frame of mind."

Rusty Staub, a member of the Mets' Hall of Fame, will throw out the first pitch Monday as the club celebrates the 40th anniversary of its 1973 pennant. ... The Mets will honor hundreds of Hurricane Sandy responders and volunteers in a ceremony on the field before the 1:10 p.m. game. The team donated 1,000 opening day tickets to storm responders and those affected by the destruction. ... Days before the opener, the Mets were offering free seats to games later in the week to fans buying opening day tickets. ... Despite losing their first eight openers, the Mets are 33-18 on opening day - the best mark in baseball.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 48 - Padres at Mets - Dickey has a Banner Day Fanning 10


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

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N.Y. Mets (27-21) «10001000x250

W: R. Dickey (7-1) L: E. Volquez (2-5)
S: F. Francisco (13)
HR: SD - None   NYM - None

Recap:
R.A. Dickey spun 7 1/3 scoreless innings on Banner Day Sunday as the New York Mets took a 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres in the finale of a four-game set at Citi Field.

Dickey (7-1) surrendered just three hits and a walk while striking out 10 to earn his fifth straight victory. After fanning 11 in his last outing, Dickey posted back-to-back double-digit strikeouts for the first time in his career and became the first Met to accomplish the feat since Pedro Martinez in 2006.

"The game is about ebbs and flows and right now, I'm fortunate to be in the middle of a flow," remarked Dickey. "The key is just don't get out of the water, regardless of where you are."

Daniel Murphy stroked an RBI single while David Wright and Mike Baxter each scored a run for the Mets, who took the final three games of the series and have now won five of their last six.

Edinson Volquez (2-5) labored through 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while fanning five. Yonder Alonso extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the first, but the Padres failed to score for the second straight game and lost for the sixth time in seven tries.

Alonso ripped a two-out single in the first, but was gunned down trying to stretch it into a double by right fielder Lucas Duda.

The Mets then took advantage of their opportunity in the bottom half.

Wright worked a two-out walk and swiped second to move into scoring position. Duda then walked and Wright scampered to third on Volquez's wild pitch before scoring on Murphy's single to center as the Mets grabbed a 1-0 advantage.

"I was a little bit all over in the first inning," Volquez said. "Then I fixed my mechanics and came back and pitched better."

New York tacked on a run in the fifth when Baxter doubled to start the frame, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a passed ball by Nick Hundley to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

Tim Byrdak replaced Dickey in the eighth and retired the final two batters of the frame before Frank Francisco fired a perfect ninth to nail down his 13th save of the season and complete the Mets second-consecutive shutout.

Game Notes

The Padres have now gone 26 consecutive innings without scoring a run...The Mets last back-to-back shutouts came on May 18-19, 2011 when they blanked the Washington Nationals on consecutive nights...New York has scored in the first or second inning in nine of its last 10 games.

 Box Score:

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 48


Todays Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 48:

  1. Baxter-LF
  2. Nieuwenhuis-CF
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Duda-RF
  5. Murphy-2B
  6. Davis-1B
  7. Turner-SS
  8. Nickeas-C
  9. Dickey-RHP

Preview: Game 48 - Padres at Mets - Dickey Goes For Win #7


San Diego Padres (17-31) at New York Mets (26-21) 1:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
E. Volquez (R) 10 2-4 3.495.11-14.245/22@STLL6.0531-217.04.76
R. Dickey (R) 9 6-1 3.456.03-02.335/22@PITW7.0512-019.02.84

Preview:
At 37 years old, New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is enjoying one of the best stretches of his career.

That doesn't bode well for the light-hitting San Diego Padres.

Dickey looks to win his fifth consecutive decision Sunday at Citi Field as the Mets try to climb six games above .500 for the first time in nearly two years.

Dickey (6-1, 3.45 ERA) has gone 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA in his last six starts.

The right-hander is coming off a career-best, 11-strikeout performance as he beat Pittsburgh on Tuesday in a 3-2 win. He allowed one run and didn't walk a batter for the first time this season.

"It's the best I've ever seen (his knuckleball) in a game," Mets catcher Mike Nickeas told the team's official website. "It was ridiculous."

Dickey's run-support average is 5.02 - up from 4.01 in 2011 when he finished 8-13 with a 3.28 ERA - but he's also striking out 8.01 per nine innings this season compared to 5.78 last year.

Dickey last won five straight decisions from May 25-June 23, 2010, when he posted victories in a career-best six consecutive starts. His only two career starts against San Diego both came last season, going 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA.

If he runs into any problems Sunday, the Mets' bullpen is well-rested after Johan Santana threw the team's first complete game of the season Saturday in a 9-0 victory.

Happy Recap: Game 47 - Padres at Mets - Santana pitches 4 hit shutout


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

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N.Y. Mets (26-21) «40000005x990

W: J. Santana (2-2) L: C. Richard (2-6)
HR: SD - None   NYM - S. Hairston (4),V. Rottino (1),M. Nickeas (1)


Recap:
Johan Santana tossed his ninth career shutout and first in close to two years as the New York Mets blanked the San Diego Padres, 9-0, in the third test of a four-game set at Citi Field.

Santana (2-2) last tossed a shutout on August 12, 2010 against the Colorado Rockies before undergoing left shoulder surgery in September of that year, which forced the lefty to miss the entire 2011 campaign.

The two-time Cy Young award winner allowed just four hits on Saturday and didn't issue a walk while striking out seven to extend his personal unbeaten streak to seven games.

"It's a great feeling for me just to put my uniform (on)," remarked Santana. "Being able to help and being able to go out there every five games is definitely something that I was waiting for and I'm very happy for and I'm just going to continue doing."

Scott Hairston belted a three-run blast and Mike Nickeas added a grand slam in the eighth for the Mets, who have won four of their last five.

Clayton Richard (2-6) was charged for four runs on five hits and three walks over six innings of work. Yonder Alonso extended his hit-streak to nine games with a single in the first, but the Padres fell for the fifth time in their last six tries.

New York tallied four runs in the bottom of the first inning as Andres Torres singled and David Wright followed two batters later with a four-pitch walk.

Both runners then advanced on a balk from Richard before Hairston plated everyone with a three-run blast to left field.

Vinny Rottino extended the margin to four two batters later with a solo shot over the wall in left-center field for his first major league home run.

"It's tough when you put your team in the hole early on," said Richard. "Four runs is kind of a big hole and it kind of changes the momentum of things right off the get-go."

Four runs provided plenty of run support for Santana, who retired 16 straight and 23 of the final 24 batters he faced after giving up a leadoff single to Chase Headley in the second.

The Mets blew the game open in the eighth as Justin Turner singled to start the frame before scoring on a double from pinch-hitter Ike Davis.

After Lucas Duda flied out, Rottino singled and Ronny Cedeno walked to load the bases for Nickeas, who launched his first major league grand slam over the left-field wall to give New York a 9-0 lead.

Game Notes
Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin left the game in the top of the sixth inning with a sprained right wrist...The Mets went 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left three on base...Santana improved to 3-3 in eight all-time starts against the Padres.

Box Score:

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 47


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 47

  1. Andres Torres, cf
  2. Justin Turner, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Scott Hairston, lf
  5. Lucas Duda, rf
  6. Vinny Rottino, 1b
  7. Ronny Cedeno, ss
  8. Josh Nickeas, c
  9. Johan Santana, lhp

Preview: Game 47 - Padres at Mets - Santana still trying for that elusive win


San Diego Padres (17-30) at New York Mets (25-21) 1:10 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
C. Richard (L) 9 2-5 4.635.20-36.685/21@STLND7.1721-119.24.12
J. Santana (L) 9 1-2 3.246.11-12.085/21@PITND6.1840-019.04.26

Preview:
A long-shot to make any major league roster at one point in his career, Mike Baxter appears to be making up for lost time since joining the New York Mets.

He's also making the San Diego Padres regret what they once had.

Baxter tries to continue his solid play and lead the Mets to back-to-back wins as their series continues Saturday with the Padres.

Originally a fourth-round pick in the amateur draft by the Padres in 2005, Baxter steadily worked his way up the team's system until his major league debut in 2010 and appeared in nine games. The outfielder, though, tore ligaments in his thumb late in spring training last year and was placed on waivers in July, and the Mets claimed him the same day.

''He's a solid, fundamentally sound player. I think our minor league people taught him well,'' Padres manager Bud Black said of Baxter. ''He's a bright kid, our minor league guys really liked him. The cool thing is when a guy comes back and plays in his hometown.''

He appeared primarily as a defensive replacement in 22 games in 2011, getting 34 at-bats and had started this year doing the same. Recently, though, Baxter has found a groove at the plate, and with it, increased playing time.

Happy Recap: Game 46 - Padres at Mets - Gee K's Nine in Mets win


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

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N.Y. Mets (25-21) «01203000x680

W: D. Gee (4-3) L: A. Bass (2-5)
HR: SD - None   NYM - L. Duda (5)

Recap:
Dillon Gee tossed seven innings of one-run ball to lead the New York Mets past the San Diego Padres, 6-1, in the second installment of a four-game series at Citi Field.

Gee (4-3) scattered four hits and three walks while striking out a career-high nine batters in New York's fourth win in six games.

"Strikeouts a lot of time are just a matter of luck," Gee said. "Obviously you make some good pitches you get some strikeouts. Nine for me, that's a lot. It's just one of those nights I guess where they're missing some good pitches."

Lucas Duda had a home run and scored twice, and Ike Davis added two RBI for the Mets.

Anthony Bass (2-5) allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings to suffer the loss.

Jesus Guzman knocked in the lone run for the Padres, who dropped their fourth decision in five games.

The Padres jumped out to the early advantage when Will Venable opened the game with a walk, moved to third on Yonder Alonso's bloop single and came home on Guzman's sacrifice fly to left field.

But New York answered in the second inning with Duda's leadoff blast off the base of the upper deck in right field and then took the lead in the third on back-to-back one-out doubles by Gee and Mike Baxter.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed with a base hit to right to plate Baxter and give the Mets a 3-1 edge.

After San Diego failed to cut into its deficit by stranding a man on second in the top of the fifth inning, the Mets added to their lead in the bottom of the frame. Nieuwenhuis singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on David Wright's fly out to center field and came home on a Daniel Murphy double into the left-field corner.

Duda, who walked prior to Murphy's two-bagger, and Murphy both came home when the next batter on Davis singled to center field, stretching the Mets' advantage to 6-1.

"As the game went on, a couple of balls that were left over the plate, they capitalized," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Conversely, we had some guys on base and couldn't capitalize."

Gee then stranded a man on second in the seventh inning before Time Byrdak and Ramon Ramirez each faced the minimum in an inning of relief to close out the game for New York.

Game Notes

The Mets selected the contract of pitcher Jack Egbert from Triple-A Buffalo, optioned pitcher Robert Carson to Double-A Binghamton and released pitcher D.J. Carrasco earlier Friday...Gee improved to 2-0 in two career starts against San Diego...Bass made his first career start against the Mets and has no decisions in four relief appearances against the club...New York upped its home record to 13-9 while the Padres fell to 5-14 on the road this season.

Box Score:

Friday, May 25, 2012

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 46


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 46:
  1. Baxter-lf
  2. Nieuwenhuis-cf
  3. Wright-3b
  4. Duda-rf
  5. Murphy-2b
  6. Davis-1b
  7. Cedeno-ss
  8. Johnson-c
  9. Gee-rhp

Preview: Game 46 - Padres at Mets - Dillon Gee trying to get the Met train back on the track


San Diego Padres (17-29) at New York Mets (24-21) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
A. Bass (R) 8 2-4 2.895.21-22.575/20LAAND6.0521-119.21.83
D. Gee (R) 8 3-3 5.445.20-37.335/20@TORW6.2531-117.27.13

Preview:
The New York Mets are hoping Dillon Gee can last longer and perform much better than Jeremy Hefner did last night when he takes the mound Friday in the second installment of a four-game series versus the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.

Hefner was pounded for six runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's 11-5 loss. Hefner, who was forced to sit over an hour due to a rain delay, was making his first start in the majors and is a former Padres draft pick.

"It's not an excuse, but that rain delay took the momentum that we had and kind of turned it against us a little bit," third baseman David Wright said on the team's site. "It felt like we were playing well for the first couple innings. I felt like Hef was throwing the ball well. Then all of the sudden we sit around for an hour, and they just came out swinging."

Wright finished with three hits, two RBI and went deep for the fifth time this season. Ike Davis drove in a pair of runs for the Mets, who had won three of four games and opened a season-high 11-game homestand on a sour note. They are tied with Miami at 2 1/2 games off the NL East lead. New York will also host Philadelphia and St. Louis.

Gee, meanwhile, will make his ninth start of the season tonight for the Mets and ended a three-start drought in a 6-5 win at Toronto on Sunday. He allowed three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 3-3 in eight starts and lowered his ERA to 5.44. Gee, who is 0-3 in four starts at home, won his only start against the Padres last Aug. 17 in a 7-3 win at Petco Park. He tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball that day.

San Diego was able to halt a three-game slide in a big way on Thursday and won for just the third time in eight tries. The Padres finished with an 18-9 advantage in hits, as Everth Cabrera ended 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and Cameron Maybin collected three hits, three runs scored and two RBI. The four hits for Cabrera were a career high.

Recap: Game 45 - Padres at Mets - Padres 18 Hits, 11 Runs Ruins Mets Return to Citi


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

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San Diego (17-29) «00420031111181
N.Y. Mets (24-21)010002020590

W: E. Stults (1-0) L: J. Hefner (0-2)
HR: SD - N. Hundley (3)   NYM - D. Wright (5)

Recap:
David Wright's HR
Cameron Maybin had three hits, two RBI and scored three times as the San Diego Padres hammered the New York Mets, 11-5, in the opener of a four-game series at Citi Field.

Will Venable, Jesus Guzman and Andy Parrino also knocked in a pair of runs each for the Padres, who snapped a three-game slide.

Eric Stults (1-0) allowed one unearned run on four hits and a walk in five full frames to earn the win.

Jeremy Hefner (0-2) was touched for six runs on nine hits through 3 2/3 innings in his first career start to suffer the loss. He had made two relief appearances earlier this season, giving up two runs in eight innings.

David Wright had three hits, including a two-run home run, for New York, which had its two-game win streak come to an end.

After the Mets failed to capitalize on Wright's two-out double in the first inning, they broke through in the second when Vinny Rottino reached first on a fielder's choice, advanced to second on Andres Torres' base hit and came home on Padres catcher Nick Hundley's throwing error to third on a double-steal attempt.

Torres moved to third on the play, but was stranded there as Rob Johnson hit a grounder back to the mound and Hefner struck out to keep it a 1-0 game.

The game was then delayed by rain and resumed 68 minutes later.

Everth Cabrera reopened the game by legging out a double on a ball slapped down the third-base line and rounded the bases two batters later on Venable's two-bagger. Maybin followed with a base hit up the middle to plate Venable.

Maybin then moved to third on a Yonder Alonso double off the right field wall and both came around to score on Guzman's double to right as Alonso slid past the tag of Johnson at home to give the Padres a 4-1 advantage.

San Diego added to its lead in the fourth inning when Cabrera singled, stole second and crossed the plate on Venable's double down the first base line. Maybin stepped up next and sent a liner to second that deflected off the tip of Daniel Murphy's glove to score Venable and knock Hefner out of the game.

Wright's two-run homer to straightaway center field in the sixth brought the Mets within 6-3, but Chase Headley's RBI single and Parrino's two-run base hit in the seventh inning extended San Diego's cushion.

Maybin reached first on a fielder's choice and rounded the bases on an Alonso double in the eighth before New York answered with Ike Davis' two-run pinch- hit single in the bottom of the frame to make it a 10-5 game.

Hundley's leadoff homer to left in the ninth inning capped the scoring as Alex Hinshaw worked a scoreless home ninth to close out the victory for the Padres.

Game Notes

The Mets fell to 12-9 at home this season, while San Diego improved to 5-13 on the road...Stults upped his record to 2-1 in four career starts against the Mets...Cabrera finished with a career-high four hits...New York went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base...The Padres hit 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.

Box Score:

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 45


Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 45:
  1. Cedeno-ss
  2. Murphy-2b
  3. Wright-3b
  4. Hairston-lf
  5. Duda-rf
  6. Rottino-1b
  7. Torres-cf
  8. Johnson-c
  9. Hefner-RHP
Ike Davis sits tonight and Rottino will get the start at 1B..Torres moves down to the seven slot in the order while Ronny Cedeno will lead off at SS ..

Preview: Game 45 - Padres at Mets - Hefner gets a crack at the fifth slot


San Diego Padres (16-29) at New York Mets (24-20) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
E. Stults (L) 1 0-0 2.705.00-00.005/19LAAND6.2420-013.12.70
J. Hefner (R) 0 0-1 2.250.00-00.00---ND0.0000-18.02.25

Preview:
Fresh off a split of their six-game road trip, the New York Mets will head back to Flushing tonight to open a season-high 11-game homestand, starting with the first of four straight games versus the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.

The Mets lost two of three in Toronto before taking two of three at Pittsburgh, including Wednesday's 3-1 victory at PNC Park behind a strong performance from left-handed starter Jonathan Niese. Niese, who struggled in his last outing against the Blue Jays, held the Buccos to a run and five hits over 7 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and two walks.

"I knew that wasn't my best, that last outing," said Niese. "I just wanted to put it behind me and concentrate on fixing what I needed to fix and I thought I did that today."

Bobby Parnell got the final out of the eighth inning and Frank Francisco struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his 12th save. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while David Wright had an RBI double for the Mets. New York is 12-8 at home and will also welcome Philadelphia and St. Louis to town on the residency. It is also two games off the NL East lead.

Taking the mound in Thursday's series opener for New York will be former Padres draft pick Jeremy Hefner. Hefner made 120 starts for the Padres in the minors and will make his first start in the majors tonight. The tall righty is 0-1 with a 2.25 earned run average in two relief appearances and was tagged with the loss in Saturday's 2-0 setback in Toronto. He allowed both runs in five innings with five K's and no walks.

"I thought Jeremy was outstanding [Saturday]," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I told him so. He really pitched great. We are going to see what he can do, whether we're looking forward to it or not."

Hefner threw three shutout innings of relief versus San Francisco at home back on April 23. He posted a 2.72 ERA over seven starts at Triple-A Buffalo before being recalled last week.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Recap : Game 117 - Padres at Mets - Mets let one get away!


Final Score: San Diego 3, New York 2

Cameron Maybin hit a solo homer in the sixth and scored the go-ahead run on Ruben Tejada's error two innings later, as the San Diego Padres edged the New York Mets, 3-2, at Citi Field.

Luis Martinez added an RBI single for the Padres, who salvaged a split of this four-game series. San Diego starter Cory Luebke gave up two runs on three hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in five innings. Four relievers held the Mets hitless over the final four frames.

Jon Niese (11-9) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and struck out seven over 7 2/3 innings for New York, which finished its homestand with a 3-6 record.

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