The Mets improved to one game over five hundred with their win tonight against the Padres. Here is a scoring summary.
Aaron Cunninghm singles to left field, Orlando Hudson scores from second. Padres 2, Mets 0
Angel Pagan homered to right field. Padres 4, Mets 3
Thoughts on the game:
Not a great game for the Mets, but they got the job done. Granted, they scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk, but a win is a win. The Met offense really struggled tonight. Angel Pagan really got them back in the game with the eighth inning home run. A two run deficit for the Met offense seems almost impossible, but they capitalized on bad San Diego pitching. Chad Qualls allowed three hits in the eighth without recording an out. Josh Spence finished up the inning, but not before allowing three walks and giving up San Diego’s two run lead. I have to give a thumbs up to Ruben Tejada, who really came up big, drawing a walk that scored the winning run of the game. Ruben battled for a while, working the count to 3-2, and finally finding a pitch to take and get on base. The offense still needs to step up if they want to play well against decent teams.
The game didn’t really excite me. Even the three run rally, which would usually keep me on the edge of my seat, was more about Padre pitching than Met hitting. Yes, plate discipline is very important, especially when you are developing a group of young players, but it usually doesn’t win you games.
Thoughts on Capuano:
Chris Capuano didn’t pitch very well tonight. He kept his pitch count low, which is really the only positive aspect of his outing. Any time you allow nine hits in only six innings, it’s not a good sign. He allowed four runs over six innings while striking out three. I wouldn’t really think too much about this outing, though, just because he’s been so solid for the Mets. Every starter has their off days, and this was just one of them.
NOTES: Manny Acosta left the game early after a line drive hit his right pinky finger.
Jason Isringhausen recorded his sixth save of the year, his 299th career save.