Three-run first innings for the opposition rarely result in anything good. In today’s game, it resulted in a Padres loss. Eric Lauer and company couldn’t deal with Zack Wheeler and Carlos Asuaje was victimized by messy officiating. Regardless, the Padres couldn’t muster a sizable Mets lead.
Lauer was thoroughly shelled in just 4 innings of play, allowing 6 hits and 6 earned runs, striking out 5 but giving up 3 walks and a homer. He gave up three-run RBI in the first inning, a two-run home run in the third, and an RBI-single in the fourth. Robert Stock came in and decimated the Mets lineup with 5 K’s over 3 innings, allowing just a single hit, then Phil Hughes also provided some scoreless relief.
Unfortunately, the Padres only had Wil Myers knocking in runs today. First, a bases-loaded RBI-single. Not an ordinary bases-loaded RBI-single, though. One that would result in a blown, but overturned, call at home and a dumb judgement on a tag at third. AJ Cassavell has a succinct summary of the mess here:
So in the top of the 9th and down 6-2, Myers would drive in the final Pads run with an RBI-double, scoring Margot again but only getting the good guys halfway to victory. An Eric Hosmer strikeout and Hunter Renfroe popout would leave Myers stranded and hand San Diego the L.
Clayton Richard is matched up against Corey Oswald tomorrow for a shot at the series win before the Pads take a day off and return home for a pair of series against the Diamondbacks and Giants.