Ian Anderson 5 p.m., March 23
Padres again beaten by Mets
The San Diego Padres lost their second game of the season once again getting whacked by the New York Mets in Queens
Clayton Richard got stung for eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits (including three home runs) and two walks while the Padres bats awoke far too late on Wednesday. The Mets beat the Padres 8-4 at Citi Field in Queens, New York, New York, and have taken the first two games of the 2013 season.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Mets got the scoring started when Marlon Byrd opened the inning with a single and then Lucas Duda hit a home run over the right field wall. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Mets doubled their lead with one out as Duda hit a double and Mets catcher John Buck hit a home run putting the Mets up 4-0 on the Padres.
The bottom of the fifth inning saw the Mets double the score again. Collin Cowgill made first base on a throwing error by Jedd Gyorko, a play that worried the Padres training staff as first baseman Yonder Alonso appeared to injure his hand on an attempted swipe-tag, but he stayed in the game.
Daniel Murphy grounded Cowgill into a force-out, but David Wright then doubled, plating Murphy, and Wright took third base on the throw to the plate. Ike Davis then homered, and after Marlon Byrd drew a walk, Andrew Cashner replaced Richard Clayton.
Cashner walked Lucas Duda and then John Buck hit a single to left field, scoring Byrd. After five innings, the Mets led the Padres 8-0 and the Friars couldn't recover.
The Padres finally got on the board in the top of the eighth inning. Jedd Gyorko opened the frame with a single and one out later found himself at third base after Nick Hundley hit an infield single and Alexi Amarista grounded out, and Cameron Maybin ground out to bring in Gyorko and the Padres trailed 8-1.
In the top of the ninth inning, Everth Cabrera singled and Will Venable did likewise, putting Cabrera at third base. Carlos Quentin hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Cabrera.
Yonder Alonso popped out, but Jedd Gyorko reached on a throwing error by Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada and Venable scored. Gyorko reached second base on defensive indifference, and Nick Hundley hit a double that plated Gyorko and the Padres cut the lead in half 8-4.
But it was too little and far too late. Edinson Volquez on Monday and now Clayton Richard on Wednesday have been porous. Padres bats have managed only ten hits in eighteen innings. This won't get the job done.
It's only two games. But the two games weren't the least bit encouraging. With 160 to go, we'll see if the Padres will remain staggering and punch-drunk or recover and play some good ball. The Mets aren't expected to compete in their division this season, which doesn't bode well for how the Padres have shown up in Queens. This could be a very long season, indeed.
The Padres will try and salvage the last game if this three-game series with the Mets tomorrow at 10:10 AM PDST. The Padres Eric Stultz will go up against Dillon Gee of the Mets and you can catch the radio broadcast on 1090 AM or else watch it on Fox Sports San Diego unless you have Time Warner Cable and then you'll have to live with the Cooking Channel or some other crappy programming. The rat-bastards. Apparently Mayor Filner didn't get very far with this problem, maybe we call Governor Brown?