May 24, 2012; Flushing, NY, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson before the game against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
The Mets drew ten walks -- Mike Baxter drew five of them! -- and made Padres pitchers throw 212 pitches en route to a stress-free win. Four of the walks came in the second inning, during which the Mets scored four runs, in the process knocking out Padres starter Edinson Volquez. Josh Thole and Ruben Tejada each drew a bases-loaded walk in the frame, and Jordany Valdespin smacked a two-run double.
Jeremy Hefner walked none in his six fine innings of work, keeping his manager and Mets fans sane by throwing strikes with a lead. The Padres made 12 groundball outs as Hefner kept the ball in the lower half of the zone. He allowed one run on five hits and needed just 72 pitches to do the job.
Josh Edgin continued to impress, tossing two scoreless innings with a strikeout. Bobby Parnell started the ninth inning by giving up a home run to Chase Headley. He recorded one out and allowed two baserunners before giving way to fresh-off-the-DL Frank Francisco. Frank Frank induced a groundball double play by John Baker to end it.
We knew it was over when...
Ike Davis singled home Tejada in the eighth inning to make the score 6-1. There wasn't much worry of even the Mets' bullpen blowing a five-run lead in the eighth against the weak-hitting Padres.
- In addition to Baxter, Daniel Murphy was on base five times tonight. He went 4-for-4 with a walk and a double.
- Andres Torres struck out three times, twice with the bases loaded. That really hurt the Mets' chances of turning this one into a laugher.
Nice job by Terry_is_God; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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