New York-With Curtis Granderson scratched from the lineup last night, the New York Mets used 41 year old Bobby Abreu in the cleanup spot of their lineup. Abreu has been a good find for the Mets this season, as he entered last night's contest hitting .279 over his first 38 games. Abreu was able to spark the Mets on offense last night, going 4 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI's. The Mets (30-37) were able to defeat the San Diego Padres (28-39) thanks to Abreu's strong effort.
The Padres gained the early lead in the top of the second inning when catcher Rene Rivera hit a two run homer against Mets' starter Bartolo Colon. The Mets were able to answer right back in the bottom of the frame, as Taylor Teagarden singled home Abreu with an RBI single to make it 2-1. The Mets tied the game in the fourth inning as Lucas Duda doubled home Abreu, and he was driven home by a Matt den Dekker ground rule double to give the Mets the lead. Abreu tacked on to the lead in the fifth with an RBI single, and added another in the seventh for good measure (sandwiched around a David Wright sacrifice fly in between). All of that offense gave the Mets a 6-2 lead.
That lead would be plenty for Colon (W, 6-5). Colon settled in nicely after a rough start, allowing two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out seven over 7.1 innings. The Padres made things interesting in the eighth, getting a double from Alexi Amarista to chase Colon. The Mets' bullpen then added gas to the fire as Josh Edgin recorded one out but threw a wild pitch and walked two men to load the bases. Vic Black then came in and was able to put out the fire by getting Carlos Quentin to ground out to end the inning.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game is Mets' outfielder Bobby Abreu. Abreu went 4 for 4 with two RBI's and two runs scored. Abreu is making a case for every day playing time, and the Mets should use him more considering he is one of the few Mets who can hit well at Citi Field.
Post Game Notes:
- Andrew Cashner (L, 2-6) took the loss for San Diego. Cashner allowed four runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out five in six innings of work.
- The Mets' pitching staff held the Padres to five hits on the night.
- Ruben Tejada and Duda each collected two hits to contribute offensively.
- David Wright's slide continued as he went 0 for 4, the only position player to fail to record a hit. Wright did contribute a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning though.
- The game was delayed for nearly two hours by rain at the start.
The Mets and Padres will continue their three game series this afternoon at Citi Field. First pitch for this afternoon's contest is scheduled for 4:10 pm. Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.19 ERA) and Jesse Hahn (0-1, 9.82 ERA) will be the starting pitchers.Tags: Andrew Cashner, Bartolo Colon, Baseball, Bobby Abreu, David Wright, Lucas Duda, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Rene Rivera, Ruben Tejada, San Diego Padres