May 26, 2012: Santana and Three Homers Stuff Padres

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Date: May 26, 2012
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 9
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Johan Santana, Scott Hairston, Vinny Rottino, Mike Nickeas
Key play: Hairston’s homer, Rottino’s homer, Nickeas’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Padres on a Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the third of four games in a series on Memorial Day weekend. Johan Santana pitched a four-hit shutout and was supported by three home runs as the Mets defeated San Diego, 9-0.

Santana allowed only a single to Yonder Alonso in a scoreless top of the first inning. Andres Torres singled against Padres’ starter Clayton Richard to lead off the bottom half. Justin Turner flied out to right fielder Chris Denorfia and a walk to David Wright followed. Richard committed a balk to advance the runners before surrendering a home run to Scott Hairston for a three-run Mets lead. Lucas Duda grounded out to third baseman Chase Headley and a homer by Vinny Rottino extended the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Richard then retired Ronny Cedeno on a fly ball to Denorfia to end the inning.

Headley singled to open the top of the second. Santana set down the next three San Diego batters and Richard hurled a perfect bottom half. Santana and Richard each faced the minimum number of hitters in the third and fourth innings and Johan retired the Padres 1-2-3 again in the top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom half, Torres drew a walk and moved to third base on Turner’s single to center field. Richard got Wright on fly ball to center fielder Cameron Maybin to close out the inning and Santana pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Richard then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.

Santana limited the Padres to a single by Jesus Guzman in the top of the seventh. San Diego reliever Matt Palmer hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning. Johan retired the side in order in the top of the eighth and Turner singled against the Padres’ Dale Thayer to begin the bottom half. Wright grounded out to shortstop Everth Cabrera and an ensuing double by pinch-hitter Ike Davis brought home Turner. Duda flied out to center fielder Blake Tekotte and a single by Rottino moved Davis to third. Cedeno drew a walk to load the bases. Mike Nickeas hit a grand slam to increase the Mets’ lead to nine runs. Thayer then threw a called third strike past Santana for the third out of the inning.

Tekotte got an infield single to start the top of the ninth. Denorfia followed with a ground ball to second baseman Daniel Murphy for a double play. Santana then retired Alonso on a grounder back to the mound to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory on Johan’s complete game four-hitter and a trio of homers.