Tatis Jr. Powers Padres To 7-3 Victory Over Mets to Avoid Sweep

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New York Mets owner Steve Cohen wanted them to pull off a sweep of the San Diego Padres, and Fernando Tatis Jr. made sure it did not happen. His mammoth 444-foot grand slam broke a 2-2 tie, and they never looked back to escape New York with a 7-3 win.

Joey Lucchesi had another excellent, five-inning outing. He only allowed one run and struck out six but was taken out after 72 pitches. From this point, manager Luis Rojas began his numerous questionable decisions. Jeurys Familia replaced Lucchesi, and after escaping a busy sixth inning, he went back out for the seventh. Since the Mets had a short bullpen, they would have been better off trying to push Lucchesi, instead of Familia, for an extra-inning.

Throwing The White Flag

Rojas’s plan backfired, and Familia was left in for 41 pitches. He walked in the tying run and left Jacob Barnes to face Tatis Jr. with the bases loaded. Barnes was a horrible matchup for multiple reasons. He has allowed four home runs in 18.1 innings, Tatis Jr. is a top-5 home run leader, and Barnes throws a cutter towards the outside corner, which Tatis Jr. covers as well as any hitter. Manny Machado also followed up with another majestic home run off of Barnes.

Jose Peraza continued his Padres dominance with a two-run home run, and Tomas Nido added a single that featured an error to drive in the third Mets run. As a team, the Mets turned four double plays, but it was not enough to help out the pitching staff, which has been dominant at home.

On Monday, the Mets continue the homestand when the Chicago Cubs come into town. David Peterson looks to turn around his season against a starter to be determined for the Cubs. The first pitch is at 7:05 p.m. ET from Citi Field.

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