June 15, 2014: Combined Four-Hitter Downs Padres

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Date: June 15, 2014
Mets starter: Daisuke Matsuzaka
Mets: 3
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Carlos Torres
Key player(s): Curtis Granderson, Bobby Abreu, Carlos Torres, Jenrry Mejia
Key play: Granderson’s home run, Abreu’s double

The Mets faced the Padres on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Four pitchers teamed up for a four-hitter in a 3-1 Mets win over San Diego.

Mets’ starter Daisuke Matsuzaka hurled a scoreless top of the first inning. Leading off the bottom half, Curtis Granderson hit a home run against the Padres’ Ian Kennedy. Daniel Murphy doubled and David Wright drew a walk. Bobby Abreu followed with a double to drive home Murphy for a 2-0 Mets lead. Andrew Brown went down on strikes and Lucas Duda fouled out to third baseman Chase Headley. Kennedy then retired Wilmer Flores on a foul fly ball to right fielder Seth Smith for the third out.

Carlos Quentin singled against Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres (who replaced an ill-feeling Matsuzaka) to begin the top of the second. Quentin advanced to third base on Yonder Alonso’s single and scored on a single by Rene Rivera. Jace Peterson was called out on strikes and Kennedy’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Torres got Will Venable on a ground ball to first baseman Duda to end the inning and Anthony Recker drew a walk to open the bottom half. Recker went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Torres and to third on a wild pitch. Granderson walked and Murphy hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Recker with the Mets’ third run of the game. Kennedy then fanned Wright to close out the inning.

Torres and Kennedy each pitched scoreless ball in the third and fourth. Carlos faced the minimum six batters while Kennedy limited the Mets to a double by Duda and a single by Granderson. With two outs in the top of the fifth, Venable drew a walk and stole second base. Everth Cabrera grounded out to Torres to finish off the inning and Kennedy surrendered just a walk to Abreu in the bottom half. Smith and Headley drew back-to-back walks against Mets’ reliever Vic Black to begin the top of the sixth. Quentin fouled out to second baseman Murphy and a pop-up by Alonso was caught by third baseman Wright. Black then struck out Rivera to end the inning.

Flores singled against Kennedy to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Recker flied out to left fielder Quentin and a single by Eric Campbell ensued. San Diego reliever Alex Torres retired Granderson on a line drive to Smith. Murphy drew a walk to load the bases and the Padres’ Kevin Quackenbush got Wright on an inning-ending fly ball to Smith. Black yielded just a single to Yasmani Grandal (the Padres’ fourth hit) in the top of the seventh. Quackenbush then gave up only a double to Duda in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. San Diego’s Tim Stauffer pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning and Alonso grounded out to Duda to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia was retired on a line drive to Duda. Mejia then got Alexi Amarista to ground out to Murphy and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to close out the weekend series.