Mets muster only two hits in loss to Padres


Mets centerfielder Matt den Dekker reacts after striking out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

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Unfortunately for the Mets, Matt Harvey said before Saturday's game that he had no advice or scouting report to offer his current teammates about Jesse Hahn, his teammate in high school.

"We have enough video and information," said Harvey, who captured a state title with Hahn when they were at Fitch High School in Groton, Connecticut, and were coached by Harvey's father. "No new news for me to give."

What a shame. The Mets could've used the help. Their anemic offense produced only two hits against Hahn and three relievers in a 5-0 loss to the Padres at Citi Field.

In only his second major-league game, Hahn gave up an infield hit in six innings with three walks and seven strikeouts.

Ruben Tejada beat out a grounder to shortstop in the first inning. With one out in the ninth, Lucas Duda drew sarcastic boos when he hit a soft pop to shallow leftfield off Huston Street that landed on the foul line against the shift.

Chris Young was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

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"Going in, we didn't know too much about [Hahn]. You tip your hat to him because he pitched well today," said Young, who was severely booed after his final at-bat in the ninth.

"You're out there busting your butt; as a player that's all you can do and you can't control anything else," Young said. "There's a lot of negative energy coming my way, but I'm going to give a professional effort and still keep pushing hard for this team."

The Mets (30-38) had the bases loaded with two outs in the fourth, but Matt den Dekker struck out. The Mets, one of baseball's most strikeout-prone teams, fanned 13 times.

"We got behind the eight-ball early," said David Wright, who was 0-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch.

Zack Wheeler (2-7) allowed four earned runs, six hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out four.

"It's not fun," said Wheeler, who struggled to command his sinker. "I just didn't have a comfortable rhythm."

Entering action Saturday, hitters were batting .324 with runners in scoring position against Wheeler. It was not an issue last season; opponents batted only .173 with RISP against him in 2013.

"I would imagine that's because when he's getting guys in scoring position, he's trying to get ahead with his fastball or he's getting behind in the count and leaving pitches over the plate," manager Terry Collins said.

With two outs in the first inning, Yonder Alonso's double drove in Seth Smith and advanced Chase Headley to third. He later scored on a wild pitch. Headley had a homer and two RBIs and even Hahn had a run-scoring single.

"I left the ball up a little bit and they just hit balls where guys weren't today," Wheeler said. "That's what really frustrates you. With me, I really got to get ahead of guys and I didn't make my pitches when I had to."

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