Rapid Reaction: Padres 2, Mets 1
April, 4, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: Dillon Gee limited the Padres to one run in 6 1/3 innings and Justin Turner contributed three hits, but the Mets were held in check by left-hander Eric Stults and five relievers. After the Mets posted 19 runs in the first two games, San Diego avoided the sweep with a 2-1 victory Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.
John Buck produced the lone run with a homer against Huston Street to open the bottom of the ninth.
GEE SHARP: Gee held the Padres hitless until Mark Kotsay dropped a one-out single over retreating Ruben Tejada and into shallow left field in the fourth. Kotsay eventually scored the game’s opening run on a double by rookie Jedd Gyorko.
Gee’s final line: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. He also hit one batter. Gee threw 93 pitches (50 strikes).
Mets starters Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey and Gee combined to limit San Diego to three earned runs in 20 innings in the series, good for a 1.35 ERA.
TURNER CLASSIC: Turner, in his first action this season in place of Daniel Murphy at second base, produced three of the Mets’ five hits.
Batting with two runners aboard and two outs in the seventh, however, Turner (3-for-4) hit a comebacker to reliever Luke Gregerson as the Mets’ opportunity to pull even at 1 stalled.
Earlier in the game, Turner twice was stranded in scoring position.
Ike Davis grounded into an inning-ending double play to leave Turner at second base in the third inning against Stults. Then, after Turner singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch with one out in the sixth, Marlon Byrd struck out against right-hander Brad Brach and Lucas Duda struck out looking against left-hander Joe Thatcher.
Duda was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts before being replaced on a double-switch in the top of the seventh. He was replaced in the latter innings of all three games in the series.
The Mets’ Nos. 3-6 hitters -- David Wright, Davis, Byrd and Duda -- combined to strike out 10 times. Make it 11 times, actually, if you count Murphy striking out in the eighth against Gregerson in the slot originally occupied by Duda.
The Mets went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, after going a combined 10-for-19 in those situations in the opening two games.
FAMILIA AFFAIR: Jeurys Familia -- a logical candidate to be demoted Sunday, when the Mets activate Aaron Laffey for the start originally intended for Shaun Marcum -- surrendered an eighth-inning run as San Diego grabbed a 2-0 lead. Familia issued a leadoff walk and surrendered a single before a wild pitch resulted in a run. Josh Edgin took over after Familia recorded one out.
BUCK SHOT: Buck now has two homers. Mets catchers produced five long balls all of last season.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets play host to the Miami Marlins, who enter Thursday night’s series finale in D.C. still without having scored a run this season. Jeremy Hefner makes his season debut Friday night against right-hander Alex Sanabia.