After a rough opening to the series, the Padres managed a split against the Mets, and Dusty Coleman had a lot to do with that. Manuel Margot also had what you might call a pretty good night, and Luis Perdomo was mostly good.
Let’s not bury the lede, here. Career minor leaguer Coleman is thirty years old, just got his second ever cup of coffee, and smacked his first ever dinger to score the winning runs tonight.
An unforgettable moment for @DustyColeman8: first big league dinger! pic.twitter.com/wCxXnmJgYH— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 28, 2017
Coleman wasn’t the only rookie to have a good night. Manny Margot reminded the Friar Faithful that the future is still bright as he went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI. That homer came right away, and it has him closing in on a franchise record.
Manuel Margot has the 2nd-most leadoff home runs in a single season (4) in Padres history. 1st: Will Venable (5 in 2011).— Friar Figures (@FriarFigures) July 28, 2017
He followed his opening act with a three-run double in the second and added a single to his tally in the fourth. No luck rounding out the cycle with a triple, but if he keeps hitting like this, it can’t be far off.
Luis Perdomo was more or less solid tonight, holding the Mets to one run through six innings.
Unfortunately, Perdomo stayed in for a seventh inning. With two outs and a runner on first, he seemed like he was about to leave the game with a real gem under his belt. But he slipped up against the heart of the New York order. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a single to put runners at the corners, and then Yoenis Cespedes laced a double into center to score the Mets’ second run of the night. That sent Andy Green to the bullpen.
For Jose Torres. Who promptly balked Cabrera home before serving up a meatball to Jay Bruce, who turned a blowout back into a ballgame. Green wasted no time ditching his mop-up man and going back to the pen for Phil Maton, who ably retired the next four Mets before handing it over to Brad Hand, who increased his trade value with his fifth save of the year.
Now that they’ve met the Mets, the Padres will welcome the Pirates to town Friday evening. Travis Wood gets his first start in the brown and gold at 7:10 PM.