The Least You Should Know:
R.A. Dickey started for the Mets and pitched well, allowing three runs and four hits with nine strikeouts.
Dickey allowed two runs in the eighth inning thanks to a poor block at the plate by Josh Thole against Carlos Quentin and an RBI single by John Baker to score Yonder Alonso.
With runners at first and second and nobody out in the eighth inning, both Andres Torres and David Wright struck out and Jordany Valdespin grounded out to end the inning.
Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
Ronny Cedeno had two more hits to raise his average to .291 for the year.
Ruben Tejada raised his average to .319 with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate.
The Mets went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
[avatar name="baron"]Michael Baron: Thole did a poor job of blocking the play at the plate on Carlos Quentin in the eighth inning, and that really put a damper on an otherwise good start by Dickey. Thole was too far in front of the plate to begin with, but he also couldn't protect the ball from being ripped away from him. The whole play was a mess causing not just the go-ahead run to score, but the insurance run to get to third.
With that said, the Mets didn't get much done against Clayton Richard tonight. They've struggled all year long against left-handed pitching and, outside of Cedeno and Tejada, the Mets basically did nothing against the lefty Richard all night.
In the end, it was a well pitched game, Dickey deserved better, but the Padres executed a little bit better and squeaked out a win. Considering how well they played against San Francisco this week, I would've expected a little better showing today. But, there are still two games to play in San Diego and still an opportunity to finish this road trip on a positive note.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra:
The Mets will look to even their series with the Padres tomorrow night at Petco Park, with Jeremy Hefner facing Edinson Volquez at 8:35 pm.