The Mets defeated the Padres last night by a score of 6-2. Jeremy Hefner went six innings for the win allowing just one run. The Mets bullpen had to make it an adventure in the ninth. Bobby Parnell started the ninth inning by giving up a homerun to Chase Headley. He allowed a double and a walk before being pulled for returning closer Frank Francisco.
Mike Baxter tied a National League record by walking five times. The win guaranteed the Mets a winning record on the West Coast trip as they have won six of the ten games so far before wrapping up today. Matt Harvey makes his third career start against Jason Marquis.
The Mets are 53-55 on the year after the win. They are currently eight games back of the Wild Card lead.
The Mets somehow have won five of the eight games on their current West Coast trip. They split four with the Diamondbacks and took three out of four games against the Giants. They beat up the Giants pretty bad yesterday by a score of 9-1. Chris Young went seven innings for the win.
Ronny Cedeno got a rare start and contributed with five RBIís. Jason Bay actually got a hit and two RBIís as well. It was a stark contrast to the offensive woes from the previous night. The Mets now get set to face the Padres in a three-game set starting tonight when R.A. Dickey matches up with Clayton Richard.
The Mets are currently 52-54 on the season. They are 8.5 games out of the Wild Card spot with 56 games to go.
The Mets dropped their third straight came losing to the Cubs 6-1 last night. I missed most of the game but saw they had three errors in the seventh inning which is never a good thing. Johan Santana only gave up two runs but the Mets offense couldnít get going.
They will look to bounce back tonight in the second game of the three-game series. Dillon Gee pitches for the Mets tonight against Randy Wells. Here are the lineups from metsblog.com:
New York Mets
1) Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF
2) Ruben Tejada SS
3) David Wright 3B
4) Lucas Duda RF
5) Ike Davis 1B
6) Scott Hairston LF
7) Daniel Murphy 2B
8) Josh Thole C
9) Dillon Gee RHP
1) David DeJesus CF
2) Starlin Castro SS
3) Anthony Rizzo 1B
4) Alfonso Soriano LF
5) Brian LaHair RF
6) Luis Valbuena 3B
7) Darwin Barney 2B
8) Steve Clevinger C
9) Randy Wells RHP
The biggest news coming out of this game is the debut of rookie first baseman Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs. Rizzo was a sixth round draft choice by the Red Sox in 2007 but was traded to the Padres in 2010 in the Adrian Gonzalez deal.
He played sparingly for the Padres in 2011 hitting .141 in 128 plate appearances. He was traded to the Cubs this past winter. He has been tearing up AAA, hitting .345. He should get plenty of playing time in Chicago for the foreseeable future.