The Mets jumped out to an early lead and Jacob deGrom continued his excellent play against the San Diego Padres en route to a 4-0 win on Thursday. >> Box score
Five takeaways from Thursday's game
1) The Mets jumped on Padres pitcher Eric Lauer early, as his day only lasted 2.1 innings. All four of the Mets' runs came in the first inning. Wilson Ramos scored J.D. Davis on a sac fly for the game's first run, then Todd Frazier knocked in two more on a line-drive double to center field. Michael Conforto then scored Frazier on a soft ground ball to right field against the defensive shift, giving the Mets their fourth and final run of the game.
2) Amed Rosario brought gold glove defense to the field on Thursday. In the second inning, Luis Urias had a hard-hit grounder near Rosario at shortstop and making a step to his right, Rosario flashed a backhand stop with his left hand and with a spin move, Rosario made the throw over to first base in time. Later in the seventh inning, Rosario had a diving stop behind second base to end the inning, flicking the ball to Robinson Cano at second base for the force out.
3) On the flip side, the Mets and Juan Lagares, known more for his defensive abilities, sure got lucky in the sixth inning. With two runners on, Eric Hosmer hit a line drive to center field. Lagares moved in to make the catch, but he ran in far too much. Nearly over-playing the ball, Lagares caught his mistake at the last second and adjusted to make a leaping catch over his head. In a four-run game, the Padres easily would have had two runs back on the play, possibly three.
4) DeGrom's dominance against the Padres continued. Heading into the game, deGrom had a 1.79 career ERA against the Padres, second-best among all active players. On Thursday, deGrom gave the Mets seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits with nine strikeouts. DeGrom only walked one batter on the day as well.
5) Edwin Diaz exited the game late. Taking over in the ninth inning, Manny Machado's liner up the middle caught Diaz in the foot and bounced all the way out to left field. The Mets replaced him with Luis Avilan, who allowed one hit but had two strikeouts. Seth Lugo pitched the eighth inning and had another two punch outs.
Amed is putting on a show today. 🔥 play to end the inning pic.twitter.com/pml3VbEqiy- SNY (@SNYtv) July 25, 2019
The Mets will face the Pittsburgh Pirates for the first time this season at Citi Field. The first game in their three-game series will feature the return of Zack Wheeler (6-6 overall, 4.69 ERA) on the mound from the IL for the Mets against Dario Agrazal (2-0, 225 ERA) for the Pirates.