Sunday, May 27, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Mets 2, Padres 0
By Matt Ehalt
The Mets held the Padres scoreless over the final 26 1/3 innings of the weekend and took three of four from San Diego following a 2-0 win Sunday at Citi Field.
DICKEY KEEPS IT GOING: One day after Johan Santana threw a complete game shutout, starter R.A. Dickey followed with 7 1/3 scoreless innings.
The Padres scored 12 runs in the first 10 innings of this series, but were held without a run after the first inning of Friday night's game. Dickey was masterful Sunday, tying a career-high by striking out 10. It's the first time he's had double-digits strikeout games in back-to-back outings, and the first time it's been accomplished by a Met since Pedro Martinez in 2006.
Friday's loss was about as bad a defeat as the Mets had this year, but they rebounded nicely to win three in this series and have now taken five of their last seven games.
NOT MUCH OFFENSE: If you came for the offense, you didn't head home satisfied. The Mets managed just five hits and tallied two runs, but with the Padres' lack of hitting, those runs were held up. Daniel Murphy had an RBI single in the first and Mike Baxter scored after a pair of wild pitches. Yes, things were that bad for the Padres that wild pitches plated runs.
ROUGH WEEKEND FOR WRIGHT: Third baseman David Wright had a rough series against the Padres, finishing 3-for-14. That included an 0-for-3 day Sunday and he is now hitless in his last nine at-bats. His average is now down .382.
IKE'S STREAK ENDS: After driving in a run in three straight games, Ike Davis went 0-for-3 Sunday. His four-game hitting streak was snapped in the process as well.
UP NEXT: The Mets begin their stretch of eight straight series against teams .500 or better when they host the Phillies for a three-game set beginning Modnay. Jon Niese (7-1, 2.17) will oppose Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.17) at 1:10 p.m.