Joe Musgrove ignored the chants of “Cheater!” After a strange spot check by the umpires, Joe Musgrove pitched his hometown San Diego Padres to the next round of playoffs Sunday night. He pitched seven innings of one-hit baseball in a 6-0 win over the New York Mets.
Trent Grisham scored an RBI single and made a great catch in center field, which helped the Padres win the best-of-3 National League wild-card series 2-1. Juan Soto and Austin Nola each scored two runs.
San Diego was selected to play the Los Angeles Dodgers, the top-seeded team in a best-of-five Division Series that began Tuesday. This ensures that the Padres will face their home fans in the postseason when they return to Petco Park to take on Game 3.
“We are aware of that. Manager Bob Melvin stated Sunday that they would love to see them at postseason games. “We feel that they are a part of our team to a certain extent.”
This was the fifth consecutive playoff series that the Padres won. After the 2020 pandemic, no fans were allowed in St. Louis’s home ballpark. They then faced St. Louis in the first round. The Padres won the Division Series against the eventual World Series champion Dodgers.
A thrilling season for the Mets ended in a disappointing whimper at home, in front of empty seats. The Mets were baseball’s most expensive spenders, winning 101 games – second in franchise history – but they couldn’t beat Atlanta in the NL East. Atlanta had been at the top of the division for six days.
New York led by 10 1/2 games on June 1, and seven on August 10, before losing control last weekend. On the strength of a head-to-head sweep in Atlanta, the defending World Series champions won their fifth consecutive division title. The Mets were not able to recover.
New York’s ace Max Scherzer was beaten in Game 1 by San Diego. After the Mets won Game 2, they were able to win Game 2 against Jacob deGrom, which prevented elimination. They had almost nothing against Musgrove.
No. No. 3: Chris Bassitt, the starter, lasted only four innings and gave up three runs and three hit batters.
Musgrove allowed only two baserunners in his first postseason career start: Pete Alonso’s fifth-inning single and Starling Marte’s walk to begin the seventh.
The one-hitter was completed by Robert Suarez, and Josh Hader.
During batting practice in San Diego, Jake Cronenworth, a second baseman from San Diego, wore an old-school Tony Gwynn number. 19 uniform T-shirt, which was given away at Petco Park on one of the days this season.
Cronenworth stated, “We all have ’em.” “Usually, a lot of people wear ’em but I think everyone’s wearing them today.”
Cronenworth, however, figured that this was the day to honor the late Padres Hall of Famer.
He said, “It was in my locker and it was important to me so I decided to wear it.” “Tony was the best so please give us some support up high.”