Padres vs Mets – Game Recap – October 8, 2022

NEW YORK — — With their season on the brink, the New York Mets’ biggest stars shone bright.

Pete Alonso homered and Jacob deGrom threw well enough to help save New York with a 7-3 win over the San Diego Padres that tied their wildcard playoff series at one game apiece on Saturday night.

“Win or go home,” deGrom said. “I love pitching here. Mets fans have been great to me. I didn’t want to disappoint.

Francisco Lindor also went deep, Jeff McNeil scored a critical two-run brace, and All-Star closest Edwin Díaz came in much earlier than usual to protect a one-run lead in the seventh inning.

New York opened the game scoring four times in the bottom half, thanks to McNeil’s goal-laden double lining up Adrian Morejon with an infield shot.

Seth Lugo retired cleanup hitter Josh Bell on a pitch with the sacks full for stoppage, ending a game that lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes.

“It was a close game in the mid-innings and then it slipped away from us in the seventh,” San Diego manager Bob Melvin said.

The teams play a deciding Game 3 on Sunday night at Citi Field, with the winner advancing to the NL Division’s best-of-five series against the top-seeded Los Angeles Dodgers starting Tuesday.

Joe Musgrove is expected to start for his hometown Padres against 15-game winner Chris Bassitt.

“Go out there and compete and leave it all on the field,” San Diego slugger Manny Machado said. “At this point, it’s 27 outs.”

Leading hitter Brandon Nimmo had three hits and a walk for the Mets, including a single go-ahead in the fourth that chased wild starter Blake Snell to the delight of a raucous sold-out napkin-waving crowd. orange rally car.

The southpaw walked four of his first 12 batters and six over 3 1/3 shaky innings in his first playoff start for San Diego.

In a matchup between the 2018 Cy Young Award winners, deGrom struck out eight of six two-run innings for his fourth playoff victory.

It was deGrom’s first playoff start at home — the right-hander helped start the Mets in the 2015 World Series, but all four of his playoff starts have come on the road.

“I actually felt like I did my best stuff in the sixth inning,” he said.

A night after co-ace Max Scherzer gave up four homers and seven runs in a Game 1 flop, deGrom came out firing 100 mph fastballs and delivered New York to elimination.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner, who is considering opting out of his contract after this season, sniffed Machado three times and bounced back nicely after going 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in his four last outings in the regular season.

Trent Grisham homered for the second time in two games, and San Diego tied 2-all on Jurickson Profar’s RBI single in the fifth.

But after a visit from pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, deGrom knocked out Machado and Bell with runners in the corners to end the inning.

“He’s one of the best in the game,” Machado said. “He did what he does best. We couldn’t open the floodgates.”

Alonso homered on the first pitch into the bottom half of reliever Nick Martinez, who went to New York University at Fordham. It was the first career playoff home run for Alonso, who had 40 during the regular season and tied for the major league lead with 131 RBI.

“That’s why we play – for those moments,” Alonso said.

Díaz was called up by manager Buck Showalter in the seventh – his first appearance since August 2020. Making the first appearance of his playoff career, the reliever put on a tough defensive play covering first base and then the retired slugger Juan Soto on a dribbler with a runner on second to end the inning.

Díaz went 46 minutes between pitches as the Mets rallied in the bottom half with back-to-back 10-pitch walks drawn by Alonso and Mark Canha against Morejon.

A pumped-up McNeil, the big league batting champion, pointed at the New York dugout as he released his clutch double that made it 5-2. Eduardo Escobar added an RBI single from Pierce Johnson, and pinch hitter Daniel Vogelbach had a sacrificed fly.

After getting two outs in the eighth, Díaz was lifted to a hearty ovation and waved to the crowd of 42,156 as he walked off the mound.

With two in the ninth, Profar hit a long drive that was caught just past the right center fence. Adam Ottavino walked in a race before Showalter went to Lugo for the final.

“We knew this game was going to be tough,” Grisham said. “Any team that’s fighting for their life will pull out the guns. We’ll be in the same situation tomorrow.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: RHP Taijuan Walker replaced left-handed reliever Joely Rodríguez (shoulder) on the series roster before the game, an injury substitution that had to be approved by Major League Baseball. Rodríguez will not be able to return unless the Mets reach the NL Championship Series. He didn’t pitch in Friday night’s 7-1 loss. … Slumping DH Darin Ruf has returned from a sprained neck and played his first game since September 25. Ruf punched, walked, and was hit by a pitch.

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Musgrove (10-7, 2.93 ERA) grew up as a Padres fan in suburban San Diego and signed a five-year, $100 million contract with the hometown team this season.

Bassitt went 15-9 with a 3.42 ERA in his first season with the Mets after coming in a trade with Oakland, where he pitched for Melvin.

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