The Mets took the field at Petco Park today, looking to take two of three in their series with the Padres. Zack Wheeler took the mound for New York, opposed by the Padres’ Odrisamer Despaigne. Despaigne took a no-hitter into the eighth, when Daniel Murphy ripped a double into the left-center field gap to break it up. David Wright followed with a game-tying single. The Mets lost the game in the ninth, when Seth Smith chopped a ball toward the right of the mound that Josh Edgin could not field properly. Cameron Maybin scored from third to end the game.
- Wheeler pitched 6 innings, allowing 8 hits, and 1 earned run. He struck out 7 and walked 1.
- The Padres scored in the 4th on a solo home run by Yasmani Grandal.
- Despaigne tied the Mets in knots all day, with an El Duque-like assortment of fastballs, off-speed pitches, and extremely off-speed pitches.
- The Mets had just 3 hits on the day, by Murphy, Wright, and Lucas Duda.
- Jeurys Familia allowed a leadoff triple in the 8th, but got out of the jam on a strikeout, intentional walk, and a double play.
- The 9th inning began when Vic Black walked Carlos Quentin. Maybin ran for Quentin. Black then misplayed a sacrifice bunt, putting runners on first and second. After a double play, Edgin came in to face Smith. Edgin fell as he tried to field the softly hit chopper, and the Mets lost in bizarre fashion.
This was a risky game from the start. The Mets tend to not do well against pitchers they have not seen, and Despaigne is one of those pitchers. The Cuban defector was masterful, fooling the Mets at every turn. He struck out 5 and walked 3 over 7.2 innings. Now the Mets go to Seattle, having let an opportunity to continue their winning ways slip away against one of the second-division teams in the National League. The Mariners will be tough, and after 3 with them, the Mets go to Milwaukee for 4 games. The next 7 games will determine if the Mets can stay alive for post-season contention, and what their trading deadline strategy will be.
The Mets take on the Mariners at 10:10 pm on Monday, with Jon Niese on the mound.