How quickly frustration turned to hope for the Mets late Friday night at Petco Park, where Blake Snell had so thoroughly dominated them over the first six innings. The Mets knew their best remaining chance to crack a hit off Snell would occur in the seventh, with the heart of their order due to bat.
Francisco Lindor did not disappoint, lining a leadoff single that scooted under Tommy Pham’s glove for a two-base error.
Just like that, Snell’s no-hit bid had vanished, along with the Padres’ grip on a one-run game. All the Mets had to do was push home the tying from third base with no outs.
For the Mets, it proved to be a long 90 feet. James McCann struck out. Pete Alonso popped out. Brandon Drury struck out. And the Mets again fell flat in their meeting with one of the National League’s best teams, the Padres, who sunk them to a 2-0 loss.
Snell delivered easily his deepest and best outing of the season, striking out 10 Mets over seven innings to outduel fellow lefty Joey Lucchesi, who allowed one run over 4 2/3. Before Lindor’s hit, the Mets’ only baserunner was Billy McKinney, who walked with two outs in the fifth.
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