It didn't take long for the New York Mets to open up a three run lead. In the top half of the first, after consecutive walks to Roger Cedeno and Jose Reyes on nine total pitches, Oliver Perez (4-7) downed both Jason Phillips and Tony Clark before meeting Ty Wiggington. Wiggington took the second pitch he saw and smacked a long home run to centerfield to make it 3-0 as Perez continues to get haunted by the long ball. It was the ninth homer of the season for Wiggington who was born and raised in San Diego.
Perez has now allowed 19 homers on the season in just over 97 innings pitched. To put that in perspective, Brian Lawrence has allowed 21 homers in 164.2 IP.
The nightmare continued in the second when Perez allowed his 20 the homer against to Cedeno, his sixth, with one aboard as the Padres fell behind 5-0. After the early barrage, Perez settled down and did not allow a run through the rest of his performance.
Perez continues to show his dominance at times that leave fans of the Padres with their mouths watering. In the fourth inning, Perez struck out the side and ended the day with nine strikeouts in seven innings of work.
The Padres got a run on the board in the fourth after Ryan Klesko walked and Rondell White hit a ground rule double off Jae Seo (7-8). A Marco Scutaro error with one out allowed Burroughs to be safe at first and Klesko to score. The Padres could not follow that up with any more support as Miguel Ojeda flied out and Oliver Perez struck out looking.
Seo ended his day allowing six hits, one run, one walk and two strikeouts in six innings of work and the game ended in a 5-1 Mets victory. Mike Stanton and David Weathers pitched three scoreless innings of relief.
San Diego pitchers retired 20 of the final 21 New York batters.
Padres GM Kevin Towers said he's still hopeful of making some waiver-claims deals before the end of the month.
Towers said that four players would likely be called up from Triple-A and one player from Double-A on Sept. 2, the date for the September call-ups.
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Mets Avoid Sweep in 5-1 Win
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