Last year, the Mets rookie starter Noah Syndergaard earned the nickname Thor, but tonight Jon Jay made him look a little more like Thunderstrike. Jay went 3-for-4 with a run and RBI in a performance that was key to the Padres' first shutout victory of the season. And Syndergaard wasn't the only Met whose hammer was on the fritz tonight. The New York bats managed only three hits against Friar pitching while striking out nine times.
Jay led off the game with a double to left. A ground out put him on third, and then Matt Kemp hit a sacrifice fly to generate the only lead the team would need. Four innings later they picked up an insurance run. Jemile Weeks drew a leadoff walk and then stole second. Jay did his thing again and drove him home with a single to center.
Drew Pomeranz didn't dominate the way Colin Rea did last night, but he put up five scoreless innings to hand the bullpen a two-run lead, and they locked it down. Kevin Quackenbush tossed a hitless sixth with a little help from Kemp. Ryan Buchter continued to be a reliable seventh inning man, and then Brandon Maurer and Fernando Rodney wrapped things up with a pair of no-hit innings.
James Shields will go for the series win tomorrow at 5:40 PM.