Crushed. Beat down. Plain old ass whoopin’. Clubbed like a baby seal (too much?)
There aren’t too many ways to spin this one. The Mets first game on the West Coast was record breaking, but not for them. The San Diego Padres set the scoring record for Petco Park by blasting the Mets 18-6.
Its a sad game when it can be said that one of the better pitchers for the Mets in the game was Oliver Perez (only two runs in 2.2 innings). Six different Padres had multiple hit games as they pounded Mets starter Hisanori Takahashi and four relievers for 19 hits.
Making his third start, Takahashi only went four innings before being lifted. He allowed eight hits and six runs and nearly escaped the jam that began the landslide. In the second he allowed three straight singles to begin the inning, then got the next two hitters out. Leadoff hitter Jerry Hairston Jr. came to the plate and hit the second pitch he saw over the left field wall to put the Padres up 4-1.
The Mets were able to close the gap to 6-4 in the top of the 5th after a two-run triple from Jose Reyes and a run-scoring ground out. Then Raul Valdes took over for Takahashi, and like California after the big one, the Mets fell into the Pacific.
Valdes wasn’t able to retire any of the five batters he faced and after walking back-to-back hitters with the bases loaded, Jenrry Mejia took over. Mejia gave up a single that drove in two to make the score 10-4.
It didn’t get any better from there, Ryota Igarashi allowed six runs in the 6th and the Padres tacked two more on against Perez in the final two innings. The sad thing is this game could have been much worse, but the Padres helped out the Mets by hitting into four double plays, including getting a man thrown out at home.
The loss dropped the Mets to .500 (26-26) and back into a last place tie with the Marlins and Nationals, so technically its also a third place and 3.5 games back.
They look to rebound with Mike Pelfrey (7-1, 2.54 ERA) on the mound who takes on Wade LeBlanc (2-3, 3,71 ERA).