The Mets, who were 1-4 on their West Coast road trip, came into today’s game after winning the first game of the series and then losing in the second game 6-1 in an awful offensive performance.
Dillon Gee took the mound for the Mets, trying once again to become the first Met rookie pitcher to rack up 11 wins since 1984. He was brilliant. Gee shut down the Padres throughout his entire start, working quickly and efficiently. He ended the night giving up five hits and four walks over 6.2, but looked great over his first six innings. He got tired late and gave up a run in the seventh on a double by Aaron Cunningham.
For the Padres, Mat Latos took the mound. Latos, who had a very good season last year, gave up a three-run home run to David Wright over the left field wall in the third that put the Mets up 3-0. That was Latos’s only mistake of the night, as he didn’t give up any more runs and exited at the end of the sixth after allowing only four hits and two walks.
Both teams went at it in the seventh. The Mets put together a rally in the top of the seventh, getting Ruben Tejada on with a single and a Dillon Gee hit by pitch. It looked like he tweaked his knee, but he looked fine and went out to pitch the bottom of the inning. Ruben Tejada stole third, to put runners on first and third for Angel Pagan. Pagan grounded out to first, but Padres first baseman Jesus Guzman couldn’t turn the double play, and hesitated on a throw home, which allowed Tejada to score and extend the Met lead. However, the Padres bullpen buckled down and stopped the Mets from scoring again in the seventh, and ended the inning with a strikeout by Lucas Duda. In the bottom half, the Padres finally got on the board with the double I mentioned earlier. It could have been worse for the Mets, but Terry Collins did a nice job with his bullpen patch work to get the Mets out of the seventh up 4-1.
The Mets rallied again in the eighth, getting the bases loaded in scrappy fashion (three walks, I know, my “scrappy” standards are pretty low) for Angel Pagan. This time, Pagan singled to right, scoring Josh Thole and Jason Bay, while advancing Scott Hairston to third. He scored when the next hitter, singled to left to give the Mets a 7-1 lead.
From then on, it was the bullpen’s game to blow. Bobby Parnell took care of business (it’s about time) in the eighth, which left it up to Ryota Igarashi to secure a win with the Mets leading 7-1. Ryota struggled again, giving up two hits and two runs and didn’t give up a lead for once. Yay!
Overall, great game for the Mets. They got great pitching from Gee and some nice hitting by Wright and Pagan. Hopefully the Mets can keep this going in their upcoming three-game series at home against the NL Central-leading Brewers.