June 1, 2015: DeGrom Dominates Padres

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Date: June 1, 2015
Mets starter: Jacob deGrom
Mets: 7
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Jacob deGrom
Key player(s): Jacob deGrom, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada
Key play: Murphy’s single and home run

The Mets faced the Padres on a Monday night in San Diego. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Jacob deGrom hurled eight innings of two-hit shutout ball in a 7-0 Mets win.

Ruben Tejada hit a ground-rule double against Padres’ starter Andrew Cashner with one out in the top of the first. Daniel Murphy singled to drive home Tejada and a strikeout of Michael Cuddyer ensued. Wilmer Flores hit a single and Darrell Ceciliani reached on third baseman Will Middlebrooks’ error that allowed Murphy to score for a 2-0 Mets lead. Cashner threw a called third strike past Juan Lagares to close out the inning. DeGrom then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.

DeGrom and Cashner each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Jacob retired all nine San Diego batters while Cashner compiled eight strikeouts and yielded only three hits. Tejada singled against Cashner with one out in the top of the fifth. Murphy connected for a two-run homer and Cuddyer hit a double. Flores took a called third strike and Ceciliani followed with a single that scored Cuddyer. Ceciliani stole second base and came home on Lagares’s single to extend the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Padres’ reliever Shawn Kelley retired Kevin Plawecki on a fly ball to right fielder Matt Kemp that ended the inning. DeGrom then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Kelley pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Clint Barmes singled to become the Padres’ first baserunner of the game. Austin Hedges went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte grounded back to deGrom for an inning-ending double play. Murphy doubled against San Diego reliever Kevin Quackenbush to begin the top of the seventh. Cuddyer was struck out and Flores singled to bring home Murphy with the Mets’ seventh run of the game. Quackenbush got Ceciliani to line out to first baseman Yangervis Solarte, who recorded an out on Flores for an unassisted double play to finish off the inning. DeGrom then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Padres’ reliever Cory Mazzoni pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Middlebrooks singled and went to second base on defensive indifference. DeGrom retired Barmes on a fly ball to right fielder Curtis Granderson for the inning’s third out and San Diego’s Brandon Maurer set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Sean Gilmartin got Hedges on a fly ball to Granderson to start the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Jedd Gyorko was called out on strikes. Gilmartin then retired Will Venable on a grounder to shortstop Flores to end the game. The Mets had a victory with solid pitching.