The road weary Mets lost their fourth straight contest this evening, and their second in a row to the San Diego Padres. They are now 2-5 on the trip, with one last game tomorrow in San Diego before they head back home to Flushing.
The Padres treated Mets starter Jerry Koosman rather rudely over the course of only four plus innings pitched. They harassed him for six earned runs on nine hits, including a home run by first baseman Nate Colbert in the fifth. Kooz walked one and struck out three, and faced three batters in the fifth before giving way to reliever John Strohmayer. The Padres roughed up Koosman’s relief as well. John allowed three more runs over two innings of work, allowing two hits, one being a home run to young left field slugger Dave Winfield. Buzz Capra pitched the final two innings for the Mets, but by then things had gotten too far out of hand.
In less than two hours time, San Diego starting pitcher Randy Jones pitched a complete game, eight hit shutout over the visiting New Yorkers. He walked three and struck out five to earn his third victory of the season. Outside of center fielder Don Hahn, the Mets mustered little. Hahn was 3 for 4 at the plate, and catcher Jerry Grote had two hits in four at-bats. Otherwise the team went 3 for 26 against Jones in losing by a 9-0 final score.
|New York Mets||San Diego Padres|
|1||Wayne Garrett||3B||1||Jerry Morales||CF|
|2||Felix Millan||2B||2||Derrel Thomas||SS|
|3||Willie Mays||1B||3||Dave Roberts||3B|
|4||Cleon Jones||RF||4||Nate Colbert||1B|
|5||John Milner||LF||5||Cito Gaston||RF|
|6||Don Hahn||CF||6||Fred Kendall||C|
|7||Jerry Grote||C||7||Dave Winfield||LF|
|8||Ted Martinez||SS||8||Rich Morales||2B|
|9||Jerry Koosman||P||9||Randy Jones||P|
The Mets remain in sixth place of the National League East, 8.5 games behind the first place St. Louis Cardinals. At the moment, the Cardinals are the only team in the division playing above .500 baseball. Tonight’s defeat dropped the Mets to a 52-65 record.
If the Mets can reflect on anything on the flight home after tomorrows game, is that no division foe seems willing to run away with the N.L. East. They are also heading home, healthy. The Mets seemingly have all their main components back on the field again. Willie Mays, John Milner and Cleon Jones in particular all missed considerable time this season.