April 3, 2013: Harvey and Homers Stifle Padres
|Date: April 3, 2013|
|Mets starter: Matt Harvey|
|Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey|
|Key player(s): Matt Harvey, Lucas Duda, John Buck, Ike Davis|
|Key play: Duda’s, Buck’s and Davis’s home runs|
The Mets faced the Padres on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second game of the regular season in 44-degree weather. Matt Harvey’s ten strikeouts and a trio of two-run homers led the Mets to an 8-4 win over San Diego.
Harvey struck out a pair of hitters in a perfect top of the first inning. Padres’ starter Clayton Richard hurled a scoreless bottom half and Harvey fanned two more batters in retiring the side in order in the top of the second. Marlon Byrd singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer and John Buck flied out to right fielder Will Venable. Ruben Tejada was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Cameron Maybin and a single by Harvey ensued. Richard then got Collin Cowgill to pop out to shortstop Everth Cabrera and end the inning.
Harvey fanned Richard to close out a perfect top of the third. Richard set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Cabrera singled to open the top of the fourth. Harvey caught Cabrera with a pickoff throw to first baseman Ike Davis and issued a walk to Venable. Carlos Quentin hit a double play ground ball to third baseman David Wright for the inning’s final outs. Duda got a one-out double in the bottom half. Buck followed with a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Richard then retired Tejada on a fly ball to Venable and struck out Harvey to finish off the inning.
Harvey threw a called third strike past Nick Hundley for the final out of a perfect top of the fifth. Leading off the bottom half, Cowgill reached on an error by third baseman Jedd Gyorko. Daniel Murphy hit a force play grounder to first baseman Yonder Alonso and came around to score on a double by Wright. Davis followed with the Mets’ third two-run homer of the game. Byrd drew a walk and San Diego reliever Andrew Cashner issued a walk to Duda. Buck singled to drive home Byrd and extend the New York lead to 8-0. Cashner then threw a called third strike past Tejada and got Harvey on a fly ball to Venable that ended the inning.
Harvey chalked up strikeouts of Maybin and Cashner in a perfect top of the sixth. Cashner retired the Mets in order in the bottom half and Cabrera went down on strikes to begin the top of the seventh inning. Harvey got Venable for his tenth strikeout of the game and issued a walk to Quentin. Matt retired Alonso on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Cowgill. Cashner then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.
Gyorko and Hundley got back-to-back singles against Mets’ reliever Greg Burke to begin the top of the eighth inning. Alexi Amarista followed with a force play ground ball to second baseman Murphy. Maybin hit a force play grounder to Wright that drove home Gyorko with the Padres’ first run of the game. New York’s Josh Edgin retired pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman on a fly ball to left fielder Mike Baxter for the third out of the inning. San Diego reliever Luke Gregerson then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
Cabrera hit a leadoff single against Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins in the top of the ninth. Venable singled to advance Cabrera to third base. Quentin followed with a sacrifice fly to score Cabrera and a foul pop-up by Alonso was caught by Wright. Venable moved to second on defensive indifference and came home as Gyorko reached on shortstop Tejada’s throwing error. Gyorko went to second on defensive indifference and scored the Padres’ fourth run on Hundley’s double to left field. Bobby Parnell then came in to pitch for the Mets and got Amarista on a ground ball to Tejada for the game’s final out. The Mets had their second straight victory to start the season.