New York Mets 4, San Diego Padres 0
Noah Syndergaard completely shut down the Padres in the series opener on Tuesday night in New York. The rookie right-hander took a perfect game into the sixth, stop me if you’ve heard this before Padres’ fans. Will Venable was the hero the Padres deserved, leading off the seventh with a sharp single up the middle to break up the perfect game.
Opposing Syndergaard on the mound was James Shields looking for just his third win in the past three months. He got off to a rocky start. In the first Daniel Murphy singled with two outs and then Lucas Duda took Shields way deep to right for a 2-0 right off the bat (literally).
Shields settled down and went seven innings, giving up the two earned runs on seven hits but striking out just four. He’s had just three outings where he’s had four or less strikeouts.
The Padres had their opportunity in the seventh after Venable broke up the perfect game.
Yangervis Solarte hit one back up the middle, short stop Ruben Tejada made a nice diving play but tried to do a no-look glove flip from the ground but completely missed the mark sending the ball toward first base. Venable took third on the play and put runners on the corners with no one out.
Shields left the game in the eight after giving up a double to Juan Lagares. Shawn Kelley came in to relieve but it didn’t go over too well. First batter he faced, Curtis Granderson, went yard to double the Met’s lead 4-0.
Was this the last start James Shields would make in a Padres’ uniform? Only time will tell.
First Pitch – 4:10 pm PT
Tyson Ross (6-8, 3.45 ERA) will start for the Padres in the middle game of the series Wednesday. Could also be his last start for the Pads as the trade deadline approaches.
Bartolo Colon (9-9, 4.60 ERA) toes the rubber as he tries to channel his inner Pancho. You know, his pet donkey he had growing up in the DR.