It was a tale of two ballgames for Jeremy Hefner and the Mets as the rain kept pouring as did the San Diego offense, resulting in a bruising 11-5 loss.
Jeremy Hefner got his first major league start after several successful long-inning relief appearances. His entire family flew in from Oklahoma to see the 26-year old pitch in front of a crowd of nearly 25,000. After a 1 hour and eight minute rain delay however, it became pretty obvious that the Hefner family would have been better off saving the air-fare.
After two strong innings, the rain cause a 68-minute delay that worked in favor of the Padres. Hefner proceeded to give up five hits including four doubles to surrender a 4-spot to the worst scoring team in the National League. Hefner’s final line for the evening was 3 2/3 innings pitched, six runs, and nine hits… Yikes!
However, there were some bright spots on the evening, not that any of them came from the pitching side of this ballgame. David Wright had himself a three hit game, falling a triple short of the cycle. His two-run blast brought the mets to within three before Terry Collins decided the game was over by sending Manny Acosta to the hill with his 10.80 ERA and all. Andres Torres looked a bit better at the plate, going 1-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Finally Ike Davis came through with a pinch-hit two run sngle coming on the heels of being told he will not be sent down to the minors.
Goat of the Game:
Mother Nature, for spoiling Hefner’s starting debut.
-Ike’s two-run knock was his first multiple RBI game since April 16th against Atlanta.
-With Wright’s 3-5 performance, he now has his average back up over .400, his OBP over .500 and his 27th and 28th RBIs of the season.
Dillon Gee takes the hill tomorrow as the Mets continue their series with the Pades starting at 7:05pm.