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Story by Liz Alper

Photo via @Padres on Twitter

May 23, 2017 (San Diego) - The Padres are hopefully well-rested after a day off and sightseeing in the Big Apple and are now ready to start a three-game series with the Mets.    Jhoulys Chacin started on the mound against Matt Harvey for the Mets.  Fun fact:  the Mets drafted San Diego State first baseman, El Cajon native and Granite Hills High grad Jordan Verdon in 2015.

Those of you who were thinking that this would be an easy series because of the Mets’ record, think again.  Most of the Mets’ bloodshed came in the first.  It started with Michael Conforto’s homer, which led to Curtis Granderson’s sac fly that scored Jose Reyes.  Wilmer Flores singled to score Jay Bruce.  Lucas Duda’s double added two runs in Flores and Neil Walker.  Conforto came to the plate again and doubled to score Duda and Rene Rivera.  The Mets scored seven runs in the first to take a 7-0 lead.  

The Padres did get two in the second with sac groundouts by Cory Spangenberg and Austin Hedges hat scored Ryan Schimpf and Hunter Renfroe for a 7-2 lead.

Conforto added his second homer of the game in the fourth on a line drive to center.  The Mets led 8-2.

Schimpf tried to ease the pain in the fifth with a homer of his own to make it 8-3.

A run scored it the seventh when Duda singled and though a runner was out heading to third, Juan Lagares scored and the Mets took the first game of the series with a 9-3 win.

Game two is tomorrow at 4:10 p.m.  Jarred Cosart starts on the mound against Robert Gsellman for the Mets.


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