Wow, did the San Diego Padres have Max Scherzer working hard. The right-hander would be taken to the limit often as the Friars forced seven full counts. However, Scherzer being the dominant veteran he is, didn’t allow any runs to cross in his five innings pitched.
Things got interesting in the first as Tomas Nido called for a timeout, leading to Scherzer shouting at the backstop for doing so.
I’d like to think that this was an important outing for Scherzer as he was able to bring his ERA down to 4.41 after allowing just one hit and walking three while striking out six.
Once again, the bullpen finished the game strong with neither Curtiss, Smith, Robertson, and Ottavino allowing any runs to complete a shutout against a stacked Padres lineup.
McNeil put the Mets up in the second with a two run double, his fourth of the season, driving in Nimmo and Lindor. It would count as the super-utility man’s fourth and fifth RBI’s of the year.
Mark Cahna turned on a inside fastball to lead the seventh inning off with his fourth double of the season. Luis Guillorme followed with the most beautiful bunt I’ve ever seen, singling Cahna over to third.
Eduardo Escobar drove in his fourth run of the year by hitting a sacrifice fly to left fielder Juan Soto, driving in Cahna to put the Mets up by three.
Incredibly, without laying down a bunt, Tomas Nido replicated Guillorme’s infield single leaving the baseball just sitting on the foul line.
Here’s what Mets manager Buck Showalter had to say about the two infield singles.
The dribbler would move Guillorme over to second base just before Fransisco Lindor lined a two run double, capping off a 5 run seventh.
The Mets would eventually shut the Padres out, 5-0, to take the first game of the series.
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