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D’Arnaud had an uneven start, going 0 for 2 with 2 walks. He also allowed a passed ball and 3 stolen bases, though he made good throws to second.
Aarsdma allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 2 innings and the Padres tacked on in the 8th with a 3-run homerun off Torres.
After getting a day off yesterday, Lagares went 2 for 4 with a strikeout.
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Maggie Wiggin, ContributorDespite the excitement of the young lineup, this was a game that just dragged, feeling even longer than its 3 hours and 40 minutes. Mejia worked out of trouble, but gave up a ton of baserunners and threw over 60 pitches before being pulled without recording an out in the fourth. Aardsma then came on and threw more than 50 pitches of his own to record 2 messy innings. Torres was solid after coming in in the 6th, but began to tire in the 8th and the Padres padded their lead. With Volquez working at his usual snail’s pace, it was all just painful to get through.
Speaking of painful, it was awfully frustrating to see Mejia come out early in obvious discomfort. Hopefully it’s just some inflammation from the bone spurs, but I imagine we’ll find out soon. Collins had to use the heck of the bullpen tonight, so it would be huge if Harvey can go deep tomorrow. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see a move tomorrow to bring in a bullpen arm, probably for Aardsma, whose effectiveness has been slipping for a while.
Though we were all hoping for a better welcome for d’Arnaud, it was great to see him out there and he looked like very steady. He didn’t pick up his first hit, but worked out 2 walks and seemed comfortable at the plate. Behind the plate was a little dicier. He did a good job of blocking some balls in the dirt, but did allow a passed ball and also a wild pitch. The Padres swiped 3 bases, but they did so mostly due to some big jumps and he made strong, accurate throws. I expect he’ll be a little less tight tomorrow and we’ll get to see more of what he can do.
Tomorrow at 4:10pm, the Mets conclude their 4 game series against the Padres, with Matt Harvey (9-4, 2.23 ERA) facing Eric Stults (8-10, 3.68 ERA).