The Padres got to Matt Harvey early and often in yesterday’s finale, as San Diego used the home run ball to jump out to an early lead and never look back. New York was hoping to take their second straight series before they head back home after a week and a half out on the West Coast, but it wasn’t meant to be as they couldn’t crawl back into the ballgame.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
New York couldn’t break through in yesterday’s game until the sixth inning; Mike Baxter did what he does best, which is draw a walk. Then, Ronny Cedeno pinch hit for Harvey and hit a two-run homer to finally get the Mets on the board. They were able to tack another run on in the seventh, as Ike Davis doubled, moved to third on a Daniel Murphy fly ball, then scored on another fly ball by Jason Bay. That was it for the day, as the Amazins could only muster five hits all afternoon, two of them coming from Ruben Tejada. They didn’t have many scoring chances, going 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position.
Padres Offensive Highlights:
San Diego used the long ball early to get ahead of the Mets, as Everth Cabrera doubled in the bottom of the first in front of Chase Headley, who hit his second homer in two days, giving the Pads a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the third, Headley walked in front of Carlos Quentin, who doubled him home. Then, Yonder Alonso broke his silence in this series with a two-run homer of his own, his sixth round tripper this season. In adding some insurance, Quentin added his 11th home run of the season in the seventh, and Mark Kotsay doubled in John Baker to cap the scoring for San Diego.
Matt Harvey got roughed up for the first time as a Big Leaguer, as he threw 5 innings and gave up 5 runs on 8 hits (2 homers), 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts. We’ll see how he responds to this bad outing on Friday when he takes on the Braves. Manny Acosta added a scoreless inning, but Ramon Ramirez gave up the late runs in his 0.2 innings of work, as he needed Elvin Ramirez to finish his inning.
Jason Marquis was on point in his 6.1 innings of work yesterday afternoon, as gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk, while also striking out 5. Dale Thayer and Luke Gregerson were able to create the bridge to Huston Street, who struck out two in the ninth to give the Padres the victory and series win at home.
As they head home, the Mets are now 53-56 after a 6-5 road trip. They find themselves 12.5 games out of first place in the NL East, and 9 games back in the Wild Card.
Probable Pitchers Tuesday:
The Mets will be getting their first day off in about three weeks as they adjust to being back on the West Coast. They will be welcoming in Jose Reyes and the Marlins tomorrow night in Flushing, as Jonathon Niese (8-5, 3.72 ERA) looks to continue his dominance of Miami this season. Ozzie Guillen will be sending Wade LeBlanc (1-1, 1.35 ERA) to the hill for his second start this season after starting as primarily a reliever. First pitch is set for 7:10pm.