The Padres pulled everything together today to give Pads fans a decent reason to tune into a 4:10 PM game on the way home from work. They ended up taking the first game of three against the Mets this week just after splitting a double header against the Phillies, ultimately losing the series after a Saturday rainout.
Joey Lucchesi was with the Pads in New York, giving a good 5 and 1⁄3 and keeping the Mets to just 6 hits and 2 earned runs. Over almost 6 innings he struck out 6 Mets batters, providing 1-2-3 innings in the 1st and 5th.
Craig Stammen, Phil Maton, and Kirby Yates all provided perfect relief service, only allowing a single hit between the three of them and totaling 6 strikeouts at 2 a piece. The Pads pitching combined for 12 strikeouts against the Mets, allowing only 7 hits and a single walk.
Now, the Padres weren’t hitting more than the Mets tonight. They struck out just about as much. But they made it count thanks to a fifth inning with a Freddy Galvis RBI-single and a Manuel Margot RBI-triple, Margot’s 4th three-bagger of the season.
The game-decider came when Eric Hosmer, who struck out twice tonight, chopped a deGrom slider and bounced it hard in front of the plate. The ball took a few more solid bounces before sneaking right under the glove of shortstop Amed Rosario, and as it rolled into left-center it allowed Wil Myers who was on second with no out to easily turn third and cross home without a challenge.
The Pads get their first of three against the Mets today and will have Eric Lauer taking on Zack Wheeler tomorrow for another 4:10 PM PST start.