Drew Pomeranz only made it through five innings, but he held the Mets scoreless through those five innings. After that the bullpen finished it up in the Padres 2-0 victory over Noah Snydergaard and the New York Mets. The Padres played smart baseball with the base runners they did have and Matt Kemp provided a sacrifice fly with Jon Jay picking up an RBI single for the San Dieg offense. Closer Fernando Rodney worked around a couple of walks in the 9th to stay perfect in save opportunities and continue his scoreless streak to start the season.
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Pomeranz is certainly sharpening his skills against the best of the National League. His last few starts have been agains Snydergaard last night, Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner and Phillies young ace Vincent Velasquez. He only lasted five innings Friday, but he picked up the win to even out his season record at 3-3. He had this to say about his start as told to SanDiegoPadres.com
“I wasn’t as effective as I would have liked to be. I was battling out there in a lot of bad counts but was able to keep them from scoring runs. I would have like to stay in the game longer, but I think overall I did pretty good on a day where I really didn’t have my best stuff out there.”
Pomeranz has been relying a lot on his curveball as explained by our own Keenan Mrozek, and he used it again Friday as he struck out 5, allowing just one hit while walking 3. On the season he now has 41 K’s in 34 innings. Kevin Quackenbush, Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer and Rodney wrapped things up for the Padres. Buchter allowed two hits, somewhat rare for him, but the other relievers did not allow any.
The Padres have a chance to win their third consecutive series now with a victory Saturday night against another top tier National League team. They have pulled out of last place of the NL West and are actually just 2.5 games out of first place. James Shields is looking for his second consecutive victory and for some more run support against the ageless Bartolo Colon. If nothing else we should get to see Bartolo bat at least once in the game.