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.