The Mets’ debut of Jason Vargas did not go as planned, as the Padres jumped on top early and never looked back, finishing with a 12-2 win Saturday to even the series.
Vargas was supposed to give the Mets innings but he turned in an outing reminiscent of what everyone has found lacking from Messrs Harvey, Matz and Wheeler. In the first inning he gave up a two-run homer and a two-run triple and there was more damage to come later. After giving up his second homer of the game in the fourth inning, a blast which made it 9-0, he was mercifully removed. And it could have been worse, as Juan Lagares reached higher than the wall to prevent another two-run homer.
Seth Lugo was called on to give the team innings and he did that. He also allowed four hits and three runs, the fourth time in his last six outings he’s allowed runners to cross the plate. At least Jerry Blevins and Jeurys Familia threw scoreless ball in the lowest of low leverage situations.
Yoenis Cespedes provided the only runs for the Mets, hitting a towering two-run homer to the left of center field in the sixth inning. It was one of just four hits on the night for the visitors.