National League Game Summary - San Diego at New York|
(Sunday, June 15)
Final Score: New York 3, San Diego 1
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New York starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka
departed after just one inning, but the Mets bullpen carried them to a 3-1 win
over the San Diego Padres on Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game set
from Citi Field.
Matsuzaka was hoping to stay unbeaten on the season but had to exit after the
first inning due to a severe upset stomach. Carlos Torres (3-4) allowed a run
in four innings out of the bullpen, and Vic Black and Jenrry Mejia each tossed
two scoreless frames to help New York bounce back from Saturday's 5-0 shutout.
"We're here ready to do our job," said Torres. "This was obviously an extreme
circumstance, something that doesn't happen every day. But everyone here,
defense, offense, everyone steps up and tries to do their job.
Curtis Granderson ended New York's four-game homerless drought with a solo
shot in the first. He and Lucas Duda each had a pair of hits, while Daniel
Murphy and Bobby Abreu drove in a run apiece.
Ian Kennedy (5-8) struck out seven but was responsible for all three runs on
seven hits in 5 1/3 frames for the Padres, losers in six of seven.
"The Mets made some contact, not many hard hit balls," said Padres manager Bud
Black. "(Kennedy) held them into the sixth inning, so he did his job."
The first four Mets hitters reached in the bottom of the first inning, with
Granderson's leadoff home run setting the tone. Murphy then doubled, David
Wright walked and Abreu grounded a two-bagger down the right field line to
make it 2-0 before Kennedy had recorded an out.
With runners on second and third, however, Kennedy fanned Andrew Brown and
induced a pair of pop ups to keep the Padres within striking distance.
They did strike the next half inning, plating a run against Torres with three
straight singles. Carlos Quentin led off the frame with a poke to left, moved
to third on Yonder Alonso's base hit and scored on Rene Rivera's infield
single off the glove of a diving Wilmer Flores.
Murphy's sacrifice fly in the second inning made it 3-1.
San Diego threatened in the sixth inning against Vic Black, who took over for
Torres and quickly issued a pair of walks to Seth Smith and Chase Headley. The
Padres failed to push across another run, with a pair of pop ups in the
infield leading to Rivera's inning-ending strikeout.
Kevin Quackenbush came out of San Diego's bullpen and got out of a bases
loaded jam in the sixth, forcing Wright to fly to right on a full count.
Mejia needed just six pitches to get through the eighth and got some help from
Duda at first base in the ninth to pick up his seventh of the season. Duda
made a diving stop for the first out and caught a liner for the second before
an Alexi Amarista groundout to end the game.
Duda doubled twice ... Wright went 0-for-3 with a walk and has now hit safely
in just two of his last 39 at-bats ... San Diego had four hits -- all singles
-- as a team and finished 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
06/15 19:16:06 ET