Dusty Baker will miss the Washington Nationals weekend series against the San Diego Padres to attend his son Darren's graduation. Baker said he will rejoin Washington when it begins a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday, near Baker's offseason home. Bench coach Chris Speier will assume managerial duties against the Padres. Baker's son Darren is graduating from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California. He's committed to play college baseball at Cal. As a 3-year-old bat boy, Darren was rescued from a potential home plate collision by J.T. Snow in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series between Baker's Giants and the Angels.
Things you should know about tonight's game... 1) Rafael Montero labored his way through 87 pitches in three innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked four batters, including three in the first inning. Pat Sewald and Josh Edgin combined to pitch five scoreless innings in relief, but Addison Reed allowed the Padres to score an insurance run in the ninth inning. 2) Lucas Duda hit a solo home run in the second inning to put the Mets on the board, then drove in the team's second run with an RBI single in the eighth. Michael Conforto tied his career-high with four strikeouts, but came through on a base hit in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to ten games. 3) Padres starter
Sometime in the not-too-distant future, the Mets are set to get their most important position player back in the lineup. As the team has slowly worked its way through a series of disappointing games and series, Yoenis Cespedes has been on the shelf with a hamstring injury, his absence felt more and more each day. The Mets have been here before, though the last time they traversed the path of losing in incredibly frustrating fashion to the lowly San Diego Padres, the Cuban outfielder wasn’t yet a member of the team. There were other players who contributed to the Mets’ dominance, no doubt, as they wound up taking the National League East easily that year, but Cespedes was the emotional center of those two glorious months of Mets baseball.