Mets takeaways from Friday's 2-0 loss to Padres, including just one hit against Blake Snell

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McCann arguing with ump in San Diego
McCann arguing with ump in San Diego

The Mets were blanked for the third time this season, falling to the Padres on Friday, 2-0.

Here are the takeaways

1. Joey Lucchesi’s homecoming didn’t start off too well, as Manny Machado demolished a solo home run in the first inning. He did settle down to retire the next nine batters he faced before allowing a Jake Cronenworth double. Lucchesi was relieved after 4.2 innings, the most he’s thrown all year, after going through the Padres lineup twice. He was relieved by Jacob Barnes with two outs and two men in scoring position. Barnes induced a ground ball to end the threat and get out of the jam. With that, Lucchesi finished allowing just one run on four hits while walking none and striking out three. His ERA in his last five outings is 3.12 (six earned runs/17.1 innings), and he’s allowed just two earned in his last 10.1 innings (1.74 ERA).

2. Blake Snell, on the other hand, retired the first 14 batters he faced before walking Billy McKinney in the fifth, despite several hard-hit ball, and hadn’t allowed a hit through six innings. It was the first time Snell threw a pitch in the seven inning all year, but Francisco Lindor broke up the no-hitter with a single, and he reached third on an error by left fielder Tommy Pham. But the Mets left him stranded there, and Snell finished seven innings for the first time since April 2, 2019. In all, the Mets totaled just one hit and one walk against the Padres lefty, who struck out 10.

3. The Mets had the tying run at the plate in the eighth after a leadoff walk, but a fielder’s choice, strikeout, and groundout ended the threat.

They also had the tying run up at bat in the ninth after a Lindor single. James McCann struck out on a pitch way inside, and both he and Luis Rojas were ejected for arguing. Pete Alonso singled, which brought up potential leading run Brandon Drury at the plate. But he struck out to end the ballgame.

4. Drew Smith tossed a scoreless sixth inning, but got into some early trouble in the seventh, allowing a double and a hit by pitch to his first two batters. But Smith through an up and in fastball to a bunting Webster Rivas, who punched it hard back to the mound. That started a 1-5-3 double play, but after a walk (that could have been a strikeout), Jeurys Familia came in the game, and walked his first two batters faced – the second one was to Machado with the bases loaded, which gave San Diego a 2-0 lead. Cronenworth flew out to center to end the damage.

5. With two hits on Friday, Lindor is hitting .400 in his last seven games (12-for-30).

6. Trevor May tossed a shutout frame in the eighth inning, which was a nice bounce back after his previous two outings where he combined for three earned in just one total inning of work.

7. In all, the Mets amassed just five baserunners - three on hits, and two via walks.

Highlights

What’s next?

Jacob deGrom will look to improve on his 0.71 ERA as Joe Musgrove will take the bump for the Padres at 10:10 p.m. on Saturday.