Game 59: Padres @ Mets

3:57 Jason Bay flies out for the fourth time today, and the Mets lose Game 1 of today's day-night doubleheader, 4-2. The Padres' pitchers just dominated the Mets' lineup this afternoon. Latos, Gregerson, Adams and Bell combined to retire the final 22 Mets batters in a row. Reyes' infield single in the first and Blanco's homer in the second were the Mets' only two hits. Santana was mediocre by his standards -- 4 runs, 8 hits, in 6 2/3 innings of work. And as usual, the Mets gave him very little run support. More after my trip down to the clubhouse. And don't forget about Game 2 -- first pitch at 7:10 p.m.

3:51 p.m. Nieve puts the Padres down 1-2-3. We head to the bottom of the ninth. San Diego's closer, Heath Bell, the former Met, in to face the top of the Mets' lineup.

3:42 p.m. Jesus Feliciano, 31 years of age, got his first major-league at-bat in the bottom of the eighth, pinch-hitting for Blanco, who homered earlier in the game. Feliciano struck out swinging. That's 19 Met batters retired in a row. We head to the ninth, Fernando Nieve on mound for Metes.

3:34 p.m. Mejia gets through the top of the eighth. Mets have the bottom of the order coming to bat in the bottom of the eighth. Mike Adams in to pitch.

3:23 p.m. Wow -- Gregerson strikes out the side in the seventh. That's now 16 Mets retired in a row. Haven't had a base runner since the second inning. Jenrry Mejia in to pitch the eighth for the Mets.

3:17 p.m. Feliciano got Gonzalez to strike out swining. Now in the bottom of the seventh -- Luke Gregerson now pitching for the Padres. Gregerson has a 1.44 ERA, with 36 strikeouts and only two walks on the season.

3:11 p.m. Chase Headley just hit a double over Jeff Francoeur's head in right field -- Eckstein, on first base after a walk, scored, and the Padres lead, 4-2. Santana is gone after 108 pitches -- Pedro Feliciano in to face Gonzalez, who was 3-for-3 against Santana today.

3:02 p.m. That's 13 in a row now retired by Latos -- heading to the seventh inning, Santana still in there, has thrown 95 pitches.

2:55 p.m. Santana gives up a single to Hundley in the sixth, but it's erased on a double play. We head to the bottom of the sixth, 3-2 Padres.

2:50 p.m. Mets go down 1-2-3 again -- Mat Latos has retired 10 batters in a row since the Blanco home run. He also has eight strikeouts through five innings.

2:45 p.m. Santana is through five, but has thrown 88 pitches already. And he trails.

2:43 p.m. Gonzalez lines his third single of the day, just over the glove of Alex Cora. That plates Eckstein, and the Padres lead, 3-2.

2:41 p.m. Padres have tied up the ballgame. Leadoff walk to Tony Gwynn, comes around on a double by David Eckstein. Santana's throwing a lot of pitches, doesn't have great command today -- 83 so far, with one out in the fifth.

2:30 p.m. Mets go down 1-2-3. We head to the fifth.

2:22 p.m. Padres got one-run on a sac fly, but then David Wright made an excellent play on a sharply-hit ball by Chris Denorfia, and turned it into a 5-4-3 double play. 2-1 Mets, heading to the bottom of the fourth.

2:19 p.m. Trouble brewing here for the Mets in the fourth. Leadoff single by Gonzalez, then back-to-back free passes to Scott Hairston and Nick Hundley. Bases loaded, no outs, Jerry Hairston Jr. at the plate.

2:07 p.m. Mets go down 1-2-3 in the third.

2:00 p.m. Santana allows only a two-out single to David Eckstein in the third.

1:52 p.m. That was a great at-bat by Blanco too -- worked a 3-2 count, fouled off several pitches. Heading to the third inning now.

1:49 p.m. The Mets' catchers continue to deliver at the plate -- Henry Blanco just drove a ball into the left-field seats. It's a two-run homer -- David Wright led off the inning with a walk. Mets lead, 2-0.

1:35 p.m. An easy 1-2-3 second inning for Santana. Three groundouts.

1:30 p.m. Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the first with an infield single, but was stranded there. Note: Today is the seven-year anniversary of Reyes' major-league debut.

1:17 p.m. Santana is through the first unscathed. Only baserunner was Adrian Gonzalez, who knocked a two-out single.

1:10 p.m. Johan Santana's first pitch is a ball, and we're under way at Citi Field.

12:20 p.m. Here are your starting lineups, for Game 1 of Thursday's day-night doubleheader at Citi Field:


Jose Reyes, SS

Angel Pagan, CF

Jason Bay, LF

Ike Davis, 1B

David Wright, 3B

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Alex Cora, 2B

Henry Blanco, C

Johan Santana, LHP


David Eckstein, 2B

Chase Headley, 3B

Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

Scott Hairston, LF

Nick Hundley, C

Jerry Hairston Jr., SS

Chris Denorfia, RF

Tony Gwynn, CF

Mat Latos, RHP