The Mets (2-0) defeated the Padres (0-2) by the score of 8-4 tonight at Citi Field.
- Matt Harvey started for the Mets, and was dominant for seven innings, allowing one hit with two walks and striking out ten — he faced one batter over his minimum tonight.
- Harvey is only the third Mets pitcher to have three, ten-strikeout games in his first 11 appearances in the majors. The others others were Dwight Gooden & Nolan Ryan.
- LaTroy Hawkins allowed three runs in the ninth inning, two of which were unearned, thanks to a Ruben Tejada throwing error.
- Lucas Duda doubled, hit a two-run home run, and scored two runs.
- Ike Davis hit a long two-run home run to the Shea Bridge.
- John Buck continued his strong start with two hits, an opposite-field home run and three RBI.
- Five of the Mets’ eight hits were for extra bases.
- The Mets have outscored the Padres 19-6 so far in this series.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
Michael Baron, ContributorHarvey was absolutely filthy tonight. He could have no-hit the Padres with his stuff. He dominated with his fastball, but also made an adjustment mid-game and started using his secondary pitches in equally-dominating fashion. He was perfect through the first three innings, and pretty close to it over the final his four. It was nice to see him overcome the cold weather and command the opposition right out of the gate.
There have been some great signs from Duda over these first two games. He’s been patient and selective, and tonight he took advantage of every hittable pitch he saw. I was particularly impressed with his ability to stay in on Clayton Richard on his home run. Most importantly, he’s reached based five times over the first two games of the season. Hopefully he continues to buy into this approach.
It was nice to see Ike Davis break out of his one game of a slow start to the season the way he did. Some fans were alreadt worried after his poor performance on Opening Day, but he helped put that first game in the rearview mirror tonight. In his first two at-bats, he saw two pitches, but then demolished a flat fastball from Richard in his third at-bat to the Shea Bridge.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra
The Mets will go for the series sweep of the Padres tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field, with Dillon Gee facing Eric Stults at 1:10 pm.