By Jason Schott - Associate Editor - @JESchott19
The Mets were shutout by the Padres on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field, as they lost 5-0. The Mets mustered all of two hits, and the fans let their displeasure known throughout the game.
Chris Young, the Mets' $7.5 million left fielder, went 0-for-4 and saw his average dip to .196. He said of the booing, "You're out there busting your butt. You're trying to do your best. As a player, that's all you can do. You can't control anything else. There's a lot of negative energy coming my way. You have to be professional and continue to keep pushing and playing hard for this team. And you hope that some of it can turn that negative energy into positive energy to support us and help us fight through this."
It was also a tough day on the mound for Zack Wheeler, who labored through five innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, and he struck out 4.
Wheeler said of his outing, "You've just got to pitch through it. I left the ball up a little bit and they just hit balls where guys weren't today - balls in the gaps, the bloop single. What really frustrates you is time after time them hitting balls where guys aren't. It starts with me. I've really got to get ahead of guys."
The Padres got off to a good start against Wheeler in the top of the first, as Yonder Alonso had an RBI double and Chase Headley scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
In the bottom of the first, Ruben Tejada led off with a single, and with one out, David Wright walked. That brought their hottest hitter Bobby Abreu, who had four hits on Friday night, to the plate. Abreu hit a patented double-play ball to second base, but an errant throw allowed him to reach base and Tejada to get to third with two outs. Lucas Duda was up next and he hit a routine fly ball to right field to end the inning.
The Padres expanded their lead to 3-0 in the top of the third on a Chase Headley RBI single. They kept it going in the fourth as pitcher Jesse Hahn dunked one down the line in right to score Cameron Maybin and make it 4-0 Padres.
The Mets had a chance in the bottom of the fourth, as Wright was hit by a pitch and Abreu walked to open the inning. Lucas Duda struck out, and he heard some boos. Young struck out and really heard the boo birds. It might have been the loudest Citi Field got all year. Matt den Decker was up next and he also struck out to end the frame and the booing continued.
Starting with Hahn's striking out the side in the fourth, he retired the last nine batters he faced.
Hahn, who went to high school with Matt Harvey in Connecticut, was making just his second major league start. He went six innings and allowed no runs on just 1 hit and 3 walks, with 7 strikeouts.
Dale Thayer came in for Hahn in the seventh, and the Mets did get a runner on, as den Decker drew a walk with two outs. Thayer got Curtis Granderson to pop out to end the inning, and the boo birds were back out in force on another one of their favorite targets.
The Padres put it away in the eighth when Headley homered off of Gonzalez Germen to make it 5-0. The Mets went quietly, as the only batter to reach base in the last two innings was Duda, who singled in the ninth.
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