I didn't catch tonight's game because I went to see the new Captain America movie. Had I known the Padres were sending a superhero of their own to the mound tonight, I might have skipped the film. Colin Rea took a no-hitter nearly eight innings, and almost went the distance against the Mets. Meanwhile, Jacob deGrom, who had given up five runs in three games all season, got chased after the fifth inning with his team down 3-0.
Wil Myers was the first of many Friars to get to deGrom with his sixth bomb of the season. Really, just watch it. It's so pretty.
Derek Norris's bat came alive tonight, too. He went 3-for-3 with a walk, missing a cycle by a triple. His double came in the second, and Rea got a hit of his own to drive in Norris. In the third, Brett Wallace drew a walk to start a two-out rally. Melvin Upton followed with a single. Alexei Ramirez doubled to third to score Wallace, but Upton got caught trying to score on the play.
The Mets bullpen didn't have any more success against the Padres. Norris took Logan Verrett deep in the sixth. Jemile Weeks singled and came home on a double from Jon Jay. That was more than enough offense for the win. Rea's no-hit bid ended when Yoenis Cespedes singled in the seventh, and his shutout ended on a Curtis Granderson homer in the ninth, but it was still a phenomenal start.
With even tougher pitchers ahead this weekend, hopefully it will serve as an inspiration. Drew Pomeranz will take the mound at 7:40 PM tomorrow.