National League Game Summary - San Diego at New York|
(Thursday, April 4th)
Final Score: San Diego 2, New York 1
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Eric Stults combined with five San Diego
relievers on a five-hitter as the Padres finally cooled off the New York Mets'
hot bats with a 2-1 victory at Citi Field.
The Mets pasted San Diego pitching for 19 runs in winning the first two tests
of this season-opening series, but managed just three hits off Stults (1-0)
during a five-inning stint in which the left-hander racked up seven of the
Padres' 14 strikeouts.
"They were swinging the bat well the first two games," said Stults of the
Mets. "They put up a lot of runs and weren't missing many pitches. The goal
today was to keep us in the game and hopefully we could come out on top, and
it worked out that way."
Luke Gregerson fanned three more over 1 1/3 hitless innings later on before
giving way to Huston Street, who served up a home run to John Buck to open the
bottom of the ninth before recording the final three outs to earn the save.
Jedd Gyorko put the Padres ahead with an RBI double in the fourth inning, with
Yonder Alonso finishing 2-for-4 in the win.
Buck went 2-for-4 and Justin Turner accounted for the Mets' three other hits,
while Dillon Gee (0-1) yielded just one run and three hits over 6 1/3
innings in a hard-luck loss.
"He pitched very well, kept us in the ball game," Mets manager Terry Collins
said of Gee. "I hope he puts the health issues behind him, because his stuff's
good enough and he showed today than when he makes pitches he's gonna get easy
Making his first start in the majors since undergoing shoulder surgery last
July, Gee set down 10 straight San Diego hitters after issuing a walk to
Everth Cabrera to open the game, until Mark Kotsay reached via a bloop single
with one out in the top of the fourth. Alonso followed with a base hit before
Gyorko pulled a changeup inside the third base bag to bring home Kotsay with
the game's first run.
The Mets had put two on with one out an inning earlier, but Stults prevented
any damage by inducing Ike Davis into a double-play grounder, then retired the
side in order in both the fourth and fifth.
"[Catcher John] Baker called a good game behind the plate and we were able to
keep them off balance today," Stults remarked.
New York also threatened in the sixth, with Turner greeting reliever Brad
Brach with a single and Davis drawing a walk two batters later. Brach settled
down to strike out Marlon Byrd, however, before Joe Thatcher came on to fan
Lucas Duda looking and keep it a 1-0 game.
San Diego stranded the bases full in the seventh, but was able to get some
insurance in the eighth. After a walk to pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia and an
Alonso single placed runners at the corners, Mets reliever Jeurys Familia
uncorked a wild pitch to allow Denorfia to cross the plate.
That extra run proved critical after Buck clubbed Street's first pitch well
over the wall in left for his second homer in as many games. The San Diego
closer shook off the blast, however, by retiring the next two hitters before
ending the contest with a swinging strikeout of Mike Baxter.
Stults' seven strikeouts were his most in 19 lifetime appearances (15 starts)
as a Padre and two short of a career high, set against Colorado while with the
Los Angeles Dodgers on August 17, 2007 ... The Padres had lost five straight
at Citi Field since an 11-5 victory on May 24 of last season, during which
Stults gave up just one unearned run in five frames to notch the win ... Gee
has allowed just three runs in 20 innings over three career meetings with San
Diego ... Buck went 6-for-12 with two homers and five RBI during the series.
04/04 19:37:05 ET