Mets destroyed by Padres as Chris Bassitt struggles again

SAN DIEGO — The Mets had lost consecutive games on three other occasions this season, but they were at least competitive in the process.

In the final two games of this series at Petco Park, there wasn’t as much as a growl from the Mets, never mind a sign of fight. Wednesday night, the only Mets highlight was that the game ended.

And with it came a 13-2 loss to the Padres that gave the Mets a third series defeat this season. The loss was their fourth in seven games on this Southern California trip.

The Mets will at least get a day off Thursday before opening a weekend series against the reeling Angels. Manager Buck Showalter’s crew closed this series with two losses by a combined 20-2 count.

Though the Mets received positive news before the game that Pete Alonso and Starling Marte appear to have avoided serious injuries and long-term absences, in the short term, the lineup is lacking.

Jake Cronenworth scores a run after colliding with Tomas Nido during the Mets' 13-2 loss to the Padres.
Jake Cronenworth scores a run after colliding with Tomas Nido during the Mets’ 13-2 loss to the Padres.
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Jeff McNeil’s infield single in the second off Sean Manaea stood as the Mets’ only hit until Eduardo Escobar singled in the seventh. The Mets finished with five hits.

A night earlier, Yu Darvish took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Mark Canha singled with two outs, and the Mets totaled two hits against Darvish and the Padres’ bullpen.

Wednesday, in his second clunker in four starts, Chris Bassitt allowed seven runs (one unearned) on seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks over 3 ¹/₃ innings. During the Mets’ previous road trip, in late-May, the right-hander had his worst start in a Mets uniform (in terms of runs allowed). In that start, he allowed eight earned runs over 4 ¹/₃ innings in San Francisco.

Since pitching to a 2.34 ERA in his first seven games with the Mets, the right-hander has struggled. Over his last five starts he has a 7.62 ERA. Overall, his ERA has surpassed four for the first time this season and sits at 4.35.

Bassitt’s final pitch of the night was a slider in the fourth inning that Jake Cronenworth belted for a two-run double that buried the Mets in a 6-0 hole. Manny Machado greeted Stephen Nogosek with a double that brought in the final run of the inning, completing Bassitt’s line.

Chris Bassitt allowed seven runs — six earned — in 3 1/3 innings in the Mets' loss.
Chris Bassitt allowed seven runs — six earned — in 3 1/3 innings in the Mets’ loss.
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Jorge Alfaro’s single and Trent Grisham’s walk began the rally, before Tomas Nido misplayed He-Seong Kim’s sacrifice bunt, allowing the runner to reach and loading the bases. Jurickson Profar stroked a two-run single that gave the Padres a 4-0 lead before Cronenworth delivered.

Bassitt struggled from the start, allowing a walk and two singles in the first inning. The last of those hits, by Nomar Mazara, drove in a run. In the third, Machado yanked an RBI double that extended the Padres’ lead to 2-0. Francisco Lindor’s throwing error to the plate allowed Machado to reach third, but Bassitt struck out Luke Voit and Mazara in succession to escape the inning.

The onslaught continued in the fifth, when Nogosek surrendered four runs. After Profar delivered an RBI double, Cronenworth hit a towering three-run homer to right field that buried the Mets in an 11-0 hole. J.D. Davis’ missed catch on a foul pop to first base extended the inning, allowing for the carnage to continue. Nogosek otherwise would have pitched a scoreless frame.

The Mets didn’t score until the seventh, when McNeil hit a line drive that struck Manaea for an infield RBI single. Luis Guillorme grounded into a double play, bringing in another run.

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