The New York Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the San Diego Padres 9-8 in the opening game of the four game series between the teams on Monday night in New York. San Diego came into the game winning their last four games. The Padres swept the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend scoring an amazing 35 runs in three games and only giving up 10 runs. The Padres could have used this kind of run production earlier in the year when they still had a chance to make the playoffs.
What made the Mets come from behind win even more impressive is that they did it off Padres closer Heath Bell. Bell has been very consistent all year long; this was his third blown save in 34 chances this year. The San Diego closer didn’t have his usual control as he threw two wild pitches in the inning that came back to haunt Bell and the Padres.
It looked like the Padres had the game in the bag when they scored four runs in the eighth to take what seemed to be a safe lead at 8-4. San Diego would have won their fifth consecutive game, but the Mets had other ideas. The Mets offense came alive in the final two innings, scoring two runs in the eighth and another three runs in the ninth to complete the comeback. Lucas Duda’s two-run walk off single in the ninth sent the Padres home stunned, yet again.
San Diego continues to be last in two categories that sum up why they are in last in their division. They are last in home runs at 63 and last in batting average at .235, even though they have scored 46 runs in their last five games. They will try to even the series on Tuesday when they send Wade LeBlanc to the mound.
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Written by Kevin Kelly