New York Mets Overpower San Diego Padres in Series Opener

The New York Mets rode a seven run first inning to coast to a 9-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.

New York Mets' Michael Conforto provided two home runs and four RBIs continuing his hot hitting out of the leadoff spot in the order.            

Lucas Duda had three hits and three RBIs as he is starting to get into a good groove at the plate. 

Wilmer Flores and Neil Walker also contributed two hits each to the Mets effort. The Mets offense was a very impressive 6-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

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Matt Harvey struggled through five innings walking four, but he held the Padres offense to two runs and struck out six. 

The Mets bullpen picked up the slack holding the Padres scoreless in the last three innings.

On the other hand, Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin had absolutely nothing on the mound and could not make it through the first inning.

Chacin was tagged for seven runs on eight hits and this pushed his ERA to a horrible 8.94 on the road this season.

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Craig Stamen relieved Chacin and pitched 3.1 innings only giving up one run. The Padres bullpen kept the team in the game as much as they could, only giving up two runs in the 7.1 innings they pitched.

Yangervis Solarte and Hunter Renfroe both had two hits for the Padres. Ryan Schimpf provided the only home run for the Padres, hitting it on the first pitch Josh Smoker delivered in the sixth.

Robert Gsellman (2-3, 6.75) returns to the Mets rotation tomorrow to faceoff against Jarred Cosart (0-1, 2.70).

Gsellman has not made a start since May 13, a start where he gave up six runs in only four innings pitched. Gsellman followed by pitching three innings out of the bullpen and only giving up one in his relief work.

Cosart was put into the rotation after Trevor Cahill was moved to the 10-day DL with a right shoulder strain. 

In his first start in exactly a month, he pitched five innings and gave up five hits on one run against a hot Milwaukee Brewers offense.


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