August 16, 2013: Niese and Three Homers Stifle Padres

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Date: August 16, 2013
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 5
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Jonathon Niese, Marlon Byrd, Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Mets’ three home runs

The Mets faced the Padres on a Friday night in San Diego. The teams played the second of four games in a series. Jonathon Niese struck out nine batters and the Mets slugged three homers in a 5-2 win.

The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Padres’ starter Ian Kennedy in the top of the first inning. Niese struck out the side in a scoreless bottom half and Anthony Recker doubled to lead off the top of the second. Omar Quintanilla hit a single and Niese went down on strikes. Eric Young grounded out to second baseman Jedd Gyorko to drive home Recker with the first run of the game. Kennedy retired Daniel Murphy on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman Yonder Alonso and a double by Gyorko began the bottom half. Niese then fanned three consecutive batters to close out the inning.

Marlon Byrd hit a home run to open the top of the third. Ike Davis followed with another homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Josh Satin flied out to center fielder Will Venable and a strikeout of Mike Baxter ensued. Recker singled and Kennedy fanned Quintanilla to close out the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Venable connected for a homer for the first San Diego run. Niese then got Chase Headley to line out to left fielder Baxter and finish off the inning.

Niese drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fourth. Young went down on strikes and Murphy homered for a 5-1 Mets lead. Kennedy struck out Byrd and got Davis on a ground ball to Alonso for the third out of the inning. Niese hurled a scoreless bottom half and Recker drew a two-out walk against Kennedy in the top of the fifth. Quintanilla singled off San Diego reliever Colt Hynes, who then struck out Niese to end the inning.

Leading off the bottom of the fifth, Alexi Amarista was hit by a pitch. Chris Deorfia hit a single and Venable’s ground out to first baseman Davis advanced the runners to second and third base. Headley was struck out and Alonso grounded out to Davis for the inning’s final out. Hynes held the Mets to a single by Byrd in the top of the sixth and Gyorko singled to open the bottom half. Jesus Guzman went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Logan Forsythe lined out to Baxter. Niese then fanned Rene Rivera for his ninth strikeout to end the inning.

Baxter doubled against Padres’ reliever Sean O’Sullivan with one out in the top of the seventh. With Recker at bat, Baxter was caught stealing on catcher Rivera’s throw to third baseman Headley. Recker singled and was caught stealing second base on Rivera’s throw to shortstop Amarista to close out the inning. Mets’ reliever Scott Rice pitched a perfect bottom half and O’Sullivan hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Headley doubled against Rice to begin the bottom of the inning. Alonso hit a single that scored Headley with the second San Diego run of the game. New York’s Carlos Torres then retired the next three batters to finish off the inning.

Padres’ reliever Dale Thayer surrendered only a walk to Davis in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jaff Decker singled against the Mets’ LaTroy Hawkins to lead off the bottom half. Amarista hit a force play grounder back to Hawkins and advanced to second base on defensive indifference. Denorfia lined out to second baseman Murphy. Hawkins then struck out Venable to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.