Coming into Friday night, a lot of questions were being asked about what was wrong with Blake Snell. The former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher had not exactly been lighting it up for the San Diego Padres. But in a battle again NL East-leading New York, he shut down the Mets and helped take his team to a 2-0 win. He pitched into the seventh, giving up just one single hit (it came in the seventh frame) and only allowed one walk while striking out ten. Manny Machado provided all of the runs they needed.
He homered in the bottom of the first to give them a 1-0 lead and he walked in the seventh to ‘drive’ home a second run. That’s all they needed on this evening, as the Mets once again showed their tendency to be unable to plate runs. They still remain 3.5 games up on Atlanta in their division, however, while the Padres’ win saw them stay one off the pace of San Francisco in the NL West and a game up on the LA Dodgers in a very tight battle.