The move to pull New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman after only 84 pitches and a 1-2-3 sixth was a very questionable one.
When Terry Collins was asked about it he said, “Send him out there, he gets in trouble and you have to go to Salas anyway”.
The Mets had their chance to win it against Brad Hand in the bottom in the ninth, but failed to score after the first three batters loaded the bases.
The Mets bullpen is currently a complete mess; their season ERA is 5.08. Collins opted to use Neil Ramirez (10.32 ERA this season) to pitch out of a bases loaded jam, created by Fernando Salas, against Wil Myers.
Unsurprisingly, Ramirez gave up a two-run double to the Padres all-star to tie the game.
Along with Myers, Yangervis Solarte, helped carry the Padres offense. Solarte has three hits including a two RBI double, his eighth of the season.
Hunter Renfroe provided the big blow, with a solo home-run off Josh Smoker to give the Padres the run they need to win the game.
For the second night in a row the Padres relied heavily on the bullpen to keep them in the game.
Starter, Jarred Cosart, only lasted 2.2 innings and gave up four runs. The Padres bullpen gave the team 6.1 innings only giving up one run to keep them in the game.
The Mets offense was anchored by another strong game from Michael Conforto who reached base four times today and had an RBI.
Wilmer Flores also had a strong day at the plate, giving the Mets two hits and three RBIs.
The Mets will attempt take the rubber game of the series tomorrow sending ace Jacob deGrom (3-1, 3.56) against Dinelson Lamet who is making his MLB debut.
deGrom has his best start of the season his last time out against the Los Angeles Angels. He went seven shutout innings striking out nine in the process.
Lamet, 24 years old, had a 3.22 ERA at Triple-A El Paso. He struck out 50 in 39 innings and was also named an all-star at the Single-A level in 2016.