Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/5/12
SAN DIEGO - A day after their defense and weak hitting mucked up a game, the Mets starched up their performance while the Padres misfired in Petco Park. New York's 6-2 victory on Saturday, which evened the three-game series, came with help from two players who began their careers with San Diego, pitcher Jeremy Hefner and outfielder Mike Baxter. Hefner (2-4) issued no walks, underscoring a six-inning, one-run performance. On offense, walking was all Baxter did in becoming the first Met since Vince Coleman in 1992 to draw five walks in a game and setting a franchise record for walks in a nine-inning contest. Baxter, whose on-base percentage rose to .425, heard wisecracks from Mets teammates after taking the five free passes. “They were just kind of teasing me: ‘Hey, way to swing it tonight,’” he said. Baxter described his performance as strange and funny. “Each at-bat, it's not like I was looking to walk,” he said. “I was still looking for a pitch to hit. I just ended up...
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