Mets Game 123: Win Over Padres

Mets 7 Padres 3

For the first time in nine years, the Mets won a series in San Diego. It was also their first-ever series win in Petco Park.

Mets Game Notes

In the first inning, Dillon Gee was throwing 81-MPH changeups and 89-MPH fastballs over the middle of the plate, waist high. Four Padres hit him hard as a result, but none scored. After watching that initial inning, I was thinking, “oh crap, Gee is going to get lit up”. However, Gee completely transformed himself from the second inning on, and held the Padres scoreless until the 7th. His final line was impressive: 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 ER.

Meanwhile, San Diego starter Mat Latos showed flashes of why he was so dominating last year, but David Wright reached him for a three-run homer that gave the Mets a lead they’d never relinquish.

The biggest out of the night was recorded by Manny Acosta, who struck out Jason Bartlett with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th. At the time, the score was only 4-1, and it appeared as though the Padres were on the verge of changing the course of the game.

Ryota Igarashi was ineffective pitching in the ninth inning, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk.

Despite scoring 7 runs, the Mets had only two players with more than one hit — Angel Pagan (who drove in 3 runs) and Willie Harris. Talk about spreading it around. The Mets whacked 7 hits and walked 6 times.

Next Mets Game

The Mets get a day off to travel cross-country and return home to Flushing for a Friday night game against the Brewers. Game time is a civilized 7:10 PM. The scheduled starting pitchers are Mike Pelfrey and Shawn Marcum.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Jimmy Prinzler August 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Remember I said a post about Parnell. Did you pass my word to Collins?? Collins put Parnell in 8th with 7-1. It’s perfect try for Parnell to get his stuffs back!! Crossing our fingers! We need help in bullpen. Igarashi CANT pitch in majors maybe AAA is his maximum level of his skill. He may be dominate in AAA with .80 ERA but again if you cant pitch in majors then you got nowhere to go.

  2. Jimmy Prinzler August 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm
    Are we gonna have a homecoming for K-Rod this weekend?
  3. Florian August 17, 2011 at 11:31 pm
    Don’t wanna be a negative nancy, but the Brewers might be our last chance of getting somehow back close to the Flushing .500… what comes after the Brewers is almost exclusively NL East.

    No, let’s say it in a little more optimistic fashion: the Mets will warm up with a series win against the Brewers and show them why they traded K-Rod, then go on to sweep the Braves and the Phillies in all remaining games and then give Beltran a friendly welcome back, when we beat the Giants in the Play-Offs. Just as Willie Harris predicted 😉

  4. Gavin August 18, 2011 at 4:57 am
    The Mets levelled the series, they didn’t win it
    • Joe Janish August 18, 2011 at 10:21 am
      Are you referring to the season series?
      • Joe August 18, 2011 at 11:05 am
        That would be 4-3. Not impressive, really, but a win. FWIW.
  5. TheDZA August 18, 2011 at 8:46 am
    What about Wright’s playfake on Maybin at 3rd? Nice to see guys being creative about getting outs!