After taking the first two games of their four-game set against the Padres, the Mets got shelled in an 8-2 loss at Petco Park on Saturday night.
The Mets may have also lost starter Jenrry Mejia for the season after he was removed from the game after throwing two pitches in the fourth inning. Mejia experienced discomfort in his right elbow and we’ll know more in the morning. He allowed one run on four hits with five strikeouts and a walk in three-plus innings.
Mejia was relieved by David Aardsma and things quickly unraveled for the Mets as the Padres torched Aardsma for four runs to take a 5-2 lead. They would score three more runs off Carlos Torres in this three hour and forty minute snoozer.
Top catching prospect, Travis d’Arnaud, made his big-league debut and went 0-for-2 with two walks. He stranded a pair of runners in the fifth, was charged with a passed ball in the sixth, and the Padres swiped three bases against him as they put his arm to the test.
Offensively the Mets were flat and stranded nine runners in the game. Ike Davis had an RBI single in the fifth, his second of the month. Eric Young had a solid game with two hits, a walk and two runs scored, and Juan Lagares also had a pair of hits.
Wilmer Flores started for the first time since Monday, when he twisted his right ankle in a loss to the Dodgers and stroked a double.
After the game, Sandy Alderson said the Mets would make a roster move to bring in a fresh arm for Sunday’s matinee game, whether or not Mejia lands on the DL. Greg Burke, already on the 40-man roster, is expected to join the major league club. If Mejia ends up on the DL, Jacob deGrom could replace him in the rotation. We’ll see…