Will Myers admitted before Thursday’s game that he had never faced the New York Metropolitans since getting called up to the majors.
Neither had young Padres pitcher Colin Rea.
Apparently they both enjoyed getting a chance to meet the Mets.
Rea brought a no-hitter into the 7th inning and helped the Padres top New York 5-3. The Iowa native only allowed 3 hits and a solo shot in 8-plus innings of work.
He did not allow a base hit in his first 6.2 innings of work until Yoenis Cespedes sent a single through the right side of the infield. Rea would exit in the 9th inning after 107 pitches while limiting the Mets to just 3 hits and one measly run.
The Padres jumped in front in the first frame rather quickly.
The first pitch Mets starter Jacob DeGrom threw to Myers went right through his swing for strike one. But Myers swung at the second pitch he saw too.
This time the ball landed over the centerfield wall for Myers’ 6th homer of the season. Myers looks like he is healthy and comfortable at the plate – which explains why he has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games.
For the second time in 24 hours, Jon Jay showed why he is a huge defensive upgrade for the Padres in centerfield. The veteran outfielder made a smooth sliding catch to rob Curtis Granderson of extra bases in the 3rd and preserve the no-hit bid in the early going.
Derek Norris also broke out of his slump with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate. The Padres catcher finished a triple shy of the cycle and his solo home run in the 6th helped Rea to a 5-0 advantage.
Drew Pomeranz will try to become the first Padre to toss a no-hitter when he gets his shot against Noah Syndergaard and the Mets Friday evening.