Native New Yorker Steven Matz took a no-no into the 8th and for the first time in over a month the Mets won consecutive games, beating the Padres 5-1 – this time with some added insurance.
Matz’s first appearance against the Padres was prolific and his partners in crime finally gave one of their pitchers some elusive pieces to their offensive puzzle.
Wilmer Flores crushed a Clayton Richard offering 374 feet into the left field seats in the 2nd, then in the 4th Neil Walker greeted the San Diego south paw with a 425 ft. blast to center, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Terry Collins’ ever-changing line up did what they haven’t done in ages – they answered the challenge of men in scoring position with three additional runs.
The return of Jose Reyes was a sight for sore eyes with a single and stolen base, Ty Kelly and Jay Bruce produced walks that were as good as hits, and T.J. Rivera doubled them home for a 5-0 lead heading into the 9th.
Matz was relieved by Addison Reed after his no hit bid was relinquished by Alexei Ramirez’s single, his 105th pitch of the day. The resilient rookie showed no sign of bone spur symptoms, striking out 8, walking 2, fanning All-Star slugger Wil Myers all three at bats.
Gabriel Ynoa closed out the show in the 9th after surrendering the Padres only run, giving the Citi Field fans a much-needed sigh of relief.
Clinging to stay afloat in the wild card race, this was a crucial win mentally and statistically as the Nationals and Marlins were winners on Sunday, as well.
On Monday we’ll see what the Mets are made of when they embark on a 10-day road trip starting in Arizona, looking to avenge the 3 game sweep they suffered against the Diamondbacks last week at home. 43-year old phenom Bartolo Colon will take his team leading 10-6 record to the helm, seeking redemption against the only MLB ball club he hasn’t beaten.