New York at San Diego

New York
San Diego
W: J. Benoit (4-2) L: V. Black (2-3)
HR: NYM - None   SD - Y. Grandal (9)

Despaigne falls short of no-no, Padres edge Mets in ninth wire reports

SAN DIEGO -- Bobby Abreu was annoyed by lack of speed in Odrisamer Despaigne's curveball and playfully decided to complain to plate umpire Chris Guccione.

"It was the highlight of the day," Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal said. "He looked back at the umpire and said we were cheating, and the umpire started laughing."

Despaigne came within four outs of the first no-hitter in San Diego's 46-season major league history on Sunday, and the Padres beat the New York Mets 2-1 on Seth Smith's run-scoring infield single in the ninth.

Making his fifth major-league appearance, Despaigne didn't allow a hit until Daniel Murphy doubled to left-center with two outs in the eighth.

"I thought I threw him a pretty good pitch," Despaigne said through Grandal, who served as his translator. "I did great with all my pitches, attacking after getting the first strike."

San Diego, the only active major league franchise without a no-hitter, was playing its 7,264th regular-season game and has played 34 more in the postseason.

The Mets were the only other active big league team without a no-hitter before Johan Santana pitched one against St. Louis in June 2012 during New York's 8,020th regular-season game.

Despaigne, a 27-year-old Cuban right-hander signed as a minor league free agent on May 2, allowed one run and two hits in 7 2-3 innings with five strikeouts and three walks. He threw 123 pitches and lowered his ERA to 1.31.

"I thought he was throwing well enough to think, 'Hey, it could happen,' " Padres manager Bud Black said. "He had all four pitches working from different angles. His stuff was good enough to keep them off-balance."

His was the longest no-hit bid by a single Padres pitcher since Sept. 7, 2008, when Chris Young allowed a two-out home run in the eighth to Milwaukee's Gabe Kapler.

"I think we saw in the fourth time through the lineup we started having better at-bats," Murphy said. "I got the base hit, David got the base hit. So the next time we'll have a better idea."

Despaigne threw a fastball above 90 mph, a slider in the 80s, a changeup in the 70s and a curveball in the 60s.

"When you vary your speeds from 65-to-93, that's tough to get a good pitch to hit," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Murphy scored on David Wright's single to tie the score at 1.

Vic Black (2-3) walked Carlos Quentin on four pitches leading off the ninth, and Alexi Amarista bunted, with pinch-runner Cameron Maybin advancing to second and Amarista reaching when the ball went through Black's legs for an error.

Chase Headley grounded into a 4-3-6 double play as Maybin reached third. Josh Edgin relieved, and the pitcher tumbled to the ground when he came off the mound to field Smith's bouncer between the mound and first.

Edgin dropped the ball, picked it up and then shoveled it to first too late to catch Smith as Maybin came across the plate.

"When it went off the bat I didn't know if it had a chance to bounce over him or not," Smith said. "Once it leaves your bat, all you can do is run and that is what I did."

Joaquin Benoit (4-2), San Diego's fourth pitcher, threw a perfect ninth for the win.

New York scored one run in the last 18 innings of the series and has lost two in a row following a 9-2 spurt.

Grandal hit a home run in the fourth off Zack Wheeler, who allowed one run and eight hits in six innings with seven strikeouts and a walk.


Collins said RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka could step in if LHP Jon Niese's start is cut short in Seattle on Monday. With Neise's return from the DL, Matsuzaka will work out of the bullpen but is available for a spot start. ... Collins said OF Bobby Abreu started on Sunday to prepare him for the DH role in Seattle. Abreu is 0 for 18 as a pinch hitter. ... Padres SS Everth Cabrera (strained left hamstring) is to play Monday with Triple A El Paso. ... RHP Andrew Cashner (right shoulder strain) threw again on the side but will rest on Monday. ... Niese (5-4, 2.96) faces Mariners LHP Roenis Elias (7-8, 4.54) on Monday. Padres LHP Eric Stults (3-11, 4.98) goes against Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 6.00) on Tuesday in Chicago.

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Odrisamer Despaigne, in his fifth major-league outing, almost creates franchise history for the Padres.  (Getty Images)
Odrisamer Despaigne, in his fifth major-league outing, almost creates franchise history for the Padres. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Diego

O. Despaigne
IP 7.2
H 2
ER 1
BB 3
K 5
New York

Z. Wheeler
IP 6.0
H 8
ER 1
BB 1
K 7

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New York (N.L.) Mets
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Daniel Murphy, 2B4110011.289.410.336
David Wright, 3B4011010.279.410.338
Lucas Duda, 1B3010000.258.478.356
Travis d'Arnaud, C4000013.223.351.293
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a-struck out for Familia in the 9th
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2B - Daniel Murphy (25, Despaigne)
SH - Zack Wheeler (8)
RBI - David Wright (49)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (11)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Wright-Murphy-Duda, Wright-Murphy-Duda-Murphy-Duda-Tejada
E - Vic Black (1, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Travis d'Arnaud (9)
New York (N.L.) Mets
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Josh Edgin 0100000 1.69
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Pitches-Strikes - Zack Wheeler 106-68, Dana Eveland 17-11, Jeurys Familia 12-6, Vic Black 10-4, Josh Edgin 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Wheeler 8-3, Dana Eveland 1-1, Jeurys Familia 1-0, Vic Black 2-0
Batters Faced - Zack Wheeler 27, Dana Eveland 4, Jeurys Familia 4, Vic Black 3, Josh Edgin 1
San Diego Padres
Alexi Amarista, SS4000000.236.327.288
Chase Headley, 3B5010011.229.355.296
Seth Smith, LF5031021.284.509.384
Yasmani Grandal, C4111013.214.388.300
Will Venable, CF4020020.208.300.262
Chris Denorfia, RF4000022.239.322.289
Jake Goebbert, 1B3020101.268.390.348
Chris Nelson, 2B3020101.400.400.455
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   Cameron Maybin, PR0100000.247.368.286
a-walked for Benoit in the 9th
2B - Chase Headley (12, Wheeler)
3B - Will Venable (2, Familia)
HR - Yasmani Grandal (9, Wheeler)
SH - Alexi Amarista (4)
RBI - Seth Smith (29), Yasmani Grandal (21)
2-OUT RBI - Seth Smith (10)
SB - Will Venable (6, 2nd base off Wheeler/d'Arnaud)
Team LOB - 11
San Diego Padres
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Alex Torres 0100000 2.41
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HBP - Tejada (by Odrisamer Despaigne)
Pitches-Strikes - Odrisamer Despaigne 123-75, Alex Torres 3-3, Kevin Quackenbush 4-3, Joaquin Benoit 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Odrisamer Despaigne 9-9, Joaquin Benoit 2-0
Batters Faced - Odrisamer Despaigne 30, Alex Torres 1, Kevin Quackenbush 1, Joaquin Benoit 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31513
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Hal Gibson