The Padres looked like a competent major league team in the first half of their six-game East Coast road trip. Well, at least after the first inning of the first game...
Mets 9, Padres 3
Jhoulys Chacin got lit up on the road yet again, giving up seven earned runs without even getting out of the first inning; part of that beatdown included the first of Michael Conforto’s two home runs. On the bright side, Miguel Diaz pitched two perfect innings, and Brad Hand had one of his own. Offensively, Ryan Schimpf took the team lead with his eleventh home run while Hunter Renfroe added a pair of doubles.
Padres 6, Mets 5
The Friars made former textbook scrappy infielder Andy Green proud by fighting back to win a game they were losing 4-1 in the fourth. Yangervis Solarte, Wil Myers, Allen Cordoba, and Luis Torrens had two hits apiece; Hunter Renfroe only had one, but it traveled 440 feet. Brad Hand was shaky in his first game as the de facto closer, but got out of his jam for his first save of the year.
Padres 4, Mets 3
Dinelson Lamet lived up to the anticipation in his major league debut, striking out eight Mets in five innings while allowing just three hits and two walks. The lone run against him came by way of a solo home run from Lucas Duda. Rule 5 pick Allen Cordoba had his second consecutive two-hit game; Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg also picked up a pair of knocks. Hand picked up his second save despite allowing a run to put the Mets within one.