Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Rafael Montero labored his way through 87 pitches in three innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked four batters, including three in the first inning. Paul Sewald and Josh Edgin combined to pitch five scoreless innings in relief, but Addison Reed allowed the Padres to score an insurance run in the ninth inning.
2) Lucas Duda hit a solo home run in the second inning to put the Mets on the board, then drove in the team's second run with an RBI single in the eighth. Michael Conforto tied his career-high with four strikeouts, but came through on a base hit in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to ten games.
3) Padres starter Dinelson Lamet made his big-league debut and allowed just one run on three hits in five innings. He struck out eight batters and walked two.
4) The Mets went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and had runners on base in each of the last five innings of the game but could not score. The team struck out 11 times on the night.
5) Asdrubal Cabrera was activated from the disabled list and went 0-for-1 in a pinch-hit appearance.
Postgame reaction from Michael Baron...
Just when it seemed it couldn't get any worse, the Mets found a way to lose a series at home to the worst team in baseball. The Mets got more bad starting pitching, although with Montero throwing it wasn't really a surprise. That left the Mets looking awfully lifeless on this occasion, failing to capitalize on their opportunities as indicated by their 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
If there was a silver lining to this hapless showing, it was Sewald. The entire staff could learn a thing or two from what he has done for this club, such as working quickly, controlling the tempo, throwing strikes and getting ahead of hitters. He doesn't have a wide enough repertoire to be a starter, but he certainly showed he has the stamina to provide multiple innings when needed. He picked up Montero and gave the Mets a chance, that which they did not take advantage of.
Aside from that, there was nothing good about this game and this series. Losing a series at home to these Padres is unacceptable and just cannot happen. But unfortunately, between the poor play and the questionable decisions on and off the field, it's just more of the same from this club, as they seemingly sink to a new low every single week. >> To follow Baron on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets finished 3-3 on the homestand and dropped to 2-2 in rubber games this season... The Mets have lost five consecutive one-run games and the team is 6-8 in one-run games this season.
Jacob deGrom was originally slated to start on Thursday, but the Mets bumped his start back a day to avoid any issues with possible rain on Thursday. Montero is now 1-5 with a 5.29 ERA in 14 career outings as a starter.
Following Thursday's three-inning effort, Sewald has now allowed two runs in his last 17 innings of work and has a 1.06 ERA.
The Mets will open a three-game series with the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Jacob deGrom (3-1, 3.56 ERA) will oppose Chad Kuhl (1-4, 5.85 ERA).