The Mets (29-23) were defeated by the Padres (25-28) by a score of 7-2 at Petco Park Wednesday morning.
Noah Syndergaard started for the Mets, turning in an interesting outing. Enduring some questionable calls by home plate umpire CB Bucknor, he went 4 innings, allowing 7 earned runs on 10 hits despite striking out 10 and walking none. He was hitting a good amount of his spots, but the Padres just hit the ball well today. Hey Thor, sometimes you just need to tip your cap. At the plate, he had one at bat in which he struck out, not hitting a home run. That was disappointing but after Bartolo Colon’s double the other day, it’s okay.
Thor was relieved by Jack Leathersich, who pitched 1.1 innings, serving up 2 hits and a walk while striking out one. Next was Hansel Robles who walked one and struck out another in 2/3 of an inning.
In his return to San Diego, former Padre Alex Torres pitched a scoreless inning, albeit allowing two hits. Carlos Torres came in next, tossing a perfect final inning striking out one.
Michael Cuddyer continued his hot hitting with a big game, going 3-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Ruben Tejada also stayed hot, smacking two hits, going 2-4. He has been very good since taking over the third base role, going 10-21 (.476) in his last 5 games.
Streaking hitters Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda were kept quiet, both going 0-3 with a walk. Kevin Plawecki also went hitless, while Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, and Wilmer Flores all had base hits, Flores’ being an RBI single.
Last night, for the first time in modern baseball history (since 1900), Padres starter Andrew Cashner recorded double digit strikeouts while allowing double digit hits, and was unable to get through 5 innings (4.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 12 Ks). Allow me to reiterate that this was the first time ever this has happened. Well, it happened for the second straight night in the same series as Noah Syndergaard also struck out at least ten while allowing double digit hits and was not able to get through 5 innings (4 IP, 7 R, 7ER, 10 H, 0 BB, 10 Ks). I don’t think Dillon Gee will strike out 10 guys, but let’s keep an eye on James Shields tomorrow night! Three nights in a row?
After striking out 16 times as a team last night, the Mets struck out 12 times tonight. I would prefer it if they didn’t do that, but then again I would also prefer it if their games didn’t start at 10 pm.
The Mets will send Dillon Gee (0-2, 3.86 ERA) to the mound for a faceoff against Padres starter James Shields (6-0, 3.69 ERA) Wednesday night at 9pm ET. To make room for Gee, the Mets optioned Danny Muno to Las Vegas.