NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Eric Stults #53 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the New York Mets during their game on April 4, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
The Padres woke up in New York staring down the prospect of suffering a season-opening sweep. It sounds like a serious deal.
Losing three in a row to start the season seems like a death knell for a team's post-season prospects. I mean, consider this:
The last time a team was swept in the season's first three games, and actually won the World Series, was way back in 2012 when the Giants did it (by sweeping the Tigers in the Fall Classic).
The first week means next to nothing. But, it is more fun to not get swept.
The Padres got 5 shutout innings from Eric Stults, who struck out 7 and never allowed a baserunner past 2nd base, in a 2-1 win over the Mets on Thursday.
Jedd Gyorko drove in his first big league run with an RBI double in the 4th inning. The rookie 2nd baseman has a hit in all three games this season.
Huston Street got his first save of the year, despite giving up a solo homer to Mets catcher John Buck in the first pitch he threw. Luke Gregerson set up Street with 1.1 innings of hitless ball. Gregerson struck out the side in the 8th.
On Friday the Padres head to Colorado to face the Rockies in their home opener. Jason Marquis will be on the mound. He was an All-Star for the Rockies in 2009.