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Offense can’t get the big hit in series opening loss to Mets

Old guys Jason Vargas and Robinson Cano stole to show

MLB: San Diego Padres at New York Mets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Padres headed to New York Tuesday afternoon hoping to gain momentum and get back on track.

Neither of those would happen on this night. In fact, the old timers would teach the young guns a lesson. The combined 72 years of Robinson Cano and Jason Vargas were the story.

All was quiet until Cano took Chris Paddack deep in the 4th. 2 innings later, Cano went yard again, hitting a 2 run shot and subsequently chasing Paddack. The Sheriff went 5+ giving up 3 ER. He exited hot, something we’ve come to expect from the young star.

In the 7th it was Logan Allen’s turn. Once again, Cano went yard for his 3rd homer of the night. It’s like it was 2012 all over again for the nearly 37 year old veteran. He went 4-4 and drove in all 5 runs. It’s hard to forget he was suspended for steroids a few years ago when he hits 500 foot (dramatic, yes) moonshots. But it was only a steroid masking agent, not ACTUAL steroids. So there’s that.


Vargas was on a different level. He gave up just 1 hit over 6 shutout innings while striking out 8. He was effectively wild, walking 4 and throwing just 57 strikes on 99 pitches. The boys just couldn’t figure him out.

A Hunter Renfroe sac fly cut the lead to 5-1 in the 8th. Then, 2 walks and a Fernando Tatis Jr double brought the tying run to the plate in the 9th. Unfortunately, Manuel Margot lined out and the threat was over.

The 5-2 loss brings their record to 47-53.

Dinelson Lamet will take the mound tomorrow against potential trade target Noah Syndergaard.