Doug Mientkiewicz and Ramon Castro homered as the Mets battered Jake Peavy for seven runs in five innings Thursday, finishing off a series sweep of the San Diego Padres with a resounding 12-0 victory.
Even more impressively, the Mets starred in a game started by troubled lefthander Kazuhisa Ishii, who needed a strong outing in the worst way after having his last start skipped due to Monday's off-day.
Crediting his performance from the set position, Ishii (3-8) limited the Padres to four hits over six innings, walking his usual highwire act by walking five but working out of jams.
"I was happy to be out there starting again, so in that sense, it was an important start for me," Ishii said. "But there was no real difference."
Mientkiewicz continued his resurgence to the lineup with a 2-for-3 day, scoring three runs and homering in the first inning off Peavy, although Randolph still appears non-committal regarding Mientkiewicz's status as the everyday first baseman.
Mientkiewicz noted that David Wright had picked up a hitch in the first baseman's swing during Wednesday's game, advising Mientkiewicz to hold his hands higher.
"It's amazing how much time you have to wait on the ball when your hands aren't stuck in the middle," Mientkiewicz said.
The Mets batted around in the sixth inning, scoring seven runs (the third time they've done so this year).
Wright – playing in his 161st major league game on the one-year anniversary of his promotion from Triple-A Norfolk – singled and doubled in the frame, extending his hitting streak to eight games.
"With all the experiences I've had, and the amount I've learned, it feels like I've been up here much longer," Wright said.
Minor League Report
TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: Chris Basak (.287) stroked a run-scoring single off Rick Bauer in the top of the eighth inning Thursday, lifting the Tides to a 4-3 win over Ottawa. Jae Seo (4.14 ERA) rebounded from a horrid outing his last time out to spin 6-1/3 innings of three-run, six-hit ball – a quality start – and Tim Hamulack (2-0) picked up the win with four outs of relief. Shortstop Chase Lambin (.346) cracked a solo homer for the Tides, his fourth in the last seven days.
SINGLE-A ST. LUCIE: 19-year-old Gaby Hernandez shut the Vero Beach Dodgers out on four hits over six innings, striking out four, and Dante Brinkley (.346) homered and drove in a pair of runs as St. Lucie won Thursday, 4-2. Andy Wilson (.314) added three hits in four trips, including a double, and Zac Clements (.150) scored a pair of runs.
SINGLE-A HAGERSTOWN: Blake Eager (5-3) allowed two runs and four hits over six innings and three Suns homered as Hagerstown rolled to a 7-2 win at Lake County Thursday. Derran Watts (.278), Jesus Flores (.203) and Ambiorix Concepcion (.228) had the long balls for Hagerstown, with Mike Carp (.243) adding a three-hit showing at the plate.
SINGLE-A BROOKLYN: Caleb Stewart's one-out triple plated Joseph Holden with the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning, as the Cyclones edged Oneonta Thursday, 10-9. The 23-year-old Stewart (.323) fell just a single short of the cycle, mashing a double, triple and his fifth home run, driving in five runs and scoring a pair in a big day at the yard. Travis Hope (2-2) picked up the win in relief after blowing a save as part of Oneonta's five-run ninth inning to tie the game.
ROOKIE-LEAGUE KINGSPORT: Cory Wells' two-run double highlighted a three-run Kingsport seventh inning as the K-Mets defeated Johnson City Thursday, 5-4. Shortstop Jose Coronado (.337) added a two-run homer to Kingsport's attack, his first of the season.
ROOKIE-LEAGUE GULF COAST: The GCL Nationals plated three runs in the last two innings off relievers William Jostock and Grady Hinchman, sending the GCL Mets to a 8-6 loss Thursday. Jake Harrington (3.32) had a strong 3-1/3 inning outing for the Mets, holding the Nats scoreless on three hits and striking out three. Centerfielder Jose Mateo (.291) tacked on a pair of doubles and a run scored in three trips.
VENEZUELAN SUMMER LEAGUE: The VSL Mets were held to a ninth-inning run on three hits, suffering a 2-1 loss to the VSL Red Sox/Padres club on Thursday. Manuel Olivares (3-3) took the tough-luck loss, allowing two runs – a seventh-inning home run to Darrell Walters – and four hits over seven innings, walking none and striking out nine.