Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard picked up where he left off last year, as in giving up the home run ball.
Last season the lefty gave up an NL-high 31 longballs. On Wednesday Richard let three leave Citi Field. The result--another blowout win by the Mets, their second in two games against the Padres.
Lucas Duda went yard off Richard in the second inning to give New York a 2-0 lead. Later a pair of lefties also hit balls that reached the seats, John Buck (4th-inning) and Ike Davis (5th).
By the time Davis' was retrieved from the right field bleachers it was 8-0 Mets. The Padres scored a few meaningless runs late to make the final 8-4.
Richard gave up seven earned runs in just 4.1 innings pitched, that's an ERA of over 14.5. The stats for opening day starter Edinson Volquez are actually worse. He lasted just three innings on Monday and has an ERA of 18.
The final game of the three-game set is Thursday. Eric Stuts is the Padres scheduled starter.