NEW YORK (AP) — With a masterful performance on a memorable night in Padres history, Joe Musgrove answered for his native San Diego and tamed the New York Mets.
Musgrove shook off the “cheater” cries from the stands after a bizarre review by umpires on the mound and led the San Diego Padres to the next round of the playoffs on Sunday with a 6-0 victory over the Mets.
He allowed just one hit over seven innings as his hometown team won 2-1 in the best-of-three NL wild-card series.
San Diego advanced to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the best-of-five division series beginning Tuesday. The Padres secured a home game in front of their fans in the postseason for the first time in 16 years when they return to Petco Park for Game 3.
“We know. We’d love for the fans to be able to see some postseason games,” manager Bob Melvin said Sunday afternoon. “To a certain extent, we feel like they are a part of us.”
With Musgrove dominant in the sixth inning, Mets manager Buck Showalter asked the umpires to check out the right-hander. The rotational speed on all six of his throws had gone up. After Showalter entered the field, Mexican umpire chief Alfonso Marquez rubbed Musgrove’s ears and also picked at his hat and glove.
Musgrove was given the go-ahead to continue pitching.
“I get it,” Musgrove said. “They were dying, they’re desperate. They were trying to do everything to get me out of the game at that point. It is what it is.”
“It ended up motivating me,” he added.
It was the fifth time the Padres had won a playoff series. They took a first-round matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals in their own stadium without fans after the coronavirus pandemic-shortened 2020 season before being swept in the division series by the eventual World Series champion Dodgers.
For the Mets, an electrifying season ended meekly at home. Major League Baseball’s biggest payroll spender won 101 games — the second-most in franchise history — but couldn’t hold off the Atlanta Braves in the NL East after leading the division for but six days.
“Our goal was to win the World Series and we failed,” he said. Max Scherzerthe ace who joined the Mets’ rotation by signing a three-year, $30 million deal.
Scherzer was thrashed in a Game 1 loss to San Diego, and New York won Game 2 with Jacob deGrom on the mound to stay alive. But they couldn’t do anything against Musgrove.
the third opener Chris Bassett he lasted just four innings, allowing three runs and three hits, in addition to three costly walks to batters lower in the offensive order.
“He completely dominated us,” the shortstop said. Francis Lindor.
For the Padres, Dominican Soto 4-2 with two RBIs.
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