ICYMI: Friars fall on an evening of highs and lows
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When a starting pitcher strikes out 12 batters to set a new career high, it typically coincides with a decisive victory for that pitcher's team. Monday night's game was not a typical one, however, as the Padres were shut out, 7-0, against the Mets after righty Andrew Cashner struck out 12 batters to surpass his previous career high of 11 K's. While Cashner's feat was impressive, the starter only lasted 4 2/3 innings and surrendered six runs -- five earned -- on 11 hits. In spite of the undesirable result, San Diego's pitching staff combined for 16 strikeouts, tied for fourth best in franchise history.
The Padres' offense struggled to mount any sort of production as Mets starter Jacob deGrom threw eight innings of scoreless baseball, surrendering only two hits. deGrom carried a perfect game into the sixth inning before infielder Clint Barmes broke up that bid with a ground-ball single into right field. Will Middlebrooks collected San Diego's second hit in the eighth inning after a heated debate at the plate resulted in the ejection of outfielder Matt Kemp and manager Bud Black. The Padres' defense duly recovered after a first-inning error to turn three double plays against the Mets.
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