The Mets, with 7, have the fewest road wins of any team in Major League Baseball. As they opened a 3-game series at San Diego the team had some hope of improving it's road performance if only because Petco Park, the home of the host Padres, is the ballpark most similar to the Mets vast home of Citi Field. After 1 game it seems that location is more relevant to the Mets success than dimension as the San Diego Padres steamrolled to an 18-6 victory over the visiting New York Mets.
In case anyone thought that New York Mets pitcher Hisanori Takahashi
was a baseball robot sent from Japan to take over MLB, tonight he became human, or at least humanoid. Fresh off two consecutive starts in which he'd allowed no runs, Takahashi gave up 6 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in 4 innings, putting the Mets in a hole. The big blow was a 2nd inning Jerry Hairston
Jr. grand slam.
But don't just blame Takahashi for this loss. He was happy to share. Gary Matthews
Jr. pinch-hit for Takahashi in the 4th inning and doubled after Jeff Francoeur
was hit by a pitch leading off the inning. Jose Reyes
tripled to right center driving both runners in and then scored on a ground out by Alex Cora
so after 4 1/2 innings it was 6-4 Padres. Raul Valdes
was summoned from the Mets bullpen to keep it close. He didn't retire any of the 5 batters he faced. He gave up singles to each of the first 2 batters he faced, then a walk to load the bases. And then an RBI walk to 29 year old career back up outfielder from an all-girls school Chris Denorfia
. And then another RBI walk to super-lightweight contender Oscar Salazar
. After the 2nd RBI walk Valdes was replaced by Jenrry Mejia
who allowed a 2-run single to Colorado resort town Luis Durango
before recording 3 consecutive outs, and it was 10-4 San Diego after 5 innings.
The Mets didn't roll over and play dead. With 1 out in the 6th Angel Pagan
walked and Rod Barajas
hit a 2-run homer bringing the Mets to within 10-6.
But whatever the Mets relievers had for dinner did not sit well. Ryota Igarashi
replaced Mejia and walked the first batter he faced, the 1 Padre you've heard of before, Adrian Gonzalez
. Then he gave up consecutive singles, a 2-run double, a walk, got a fielder's choice ground out forcing the runner at home, then gave up a 2-run single which the Mets proceeded to throw around allowing a third run to score. Ike Davis
was charged with an error on the play. Oliver Perez
then came on in relief of Igarashi, giving up a single and a sacrifice fly before finally ending the inning by inducing a ground out. After 6 it was 16-6 Padres. Perez allowed a long solo homer to Blazing Saddles character Chase Headley
in the 7th and an RBI single to former AFL placekicker Lance Zawadzki
in the 8th and the Chargers defeated the Jets Padres beat the Mets 18-6.Box score