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Mets Offense Doesn’t Do Enough, Giants Defeat Mets 5-4

By Chris Schubert

In a game where the Mets should have been able to pull away, missed opportunities and fielding errors allowed the Giants to stay in and end up winning the game in the 9th, 5-4.

Game Highlights:

Once again the Mets got onto the board first, courtesy of an Anthony Recker RBI single in the 2nd inning.  An inning later the Mets would tag on two more runs off of back to back RBI singles by Lucas Duda and Anthony Recker. But, the Mets weren’t able to capitalize more due to a number of base running blunders and only managed two runs in the inning.

The Giants got their first three hitters on base to start the bottom of the fifth.  Bartolo Colon was able to get the next batter, Buster Posey, to ground into a double play that plated a run for the Giants.  Colon then got Pablo Sandoval to fly out to end the inning.

A pair of singles by Matt den Dekker and Daniel Murphy set up David Wright with runners on first and third in the 6th. After a stolen base by Murphy, a wild pitch by George Kontos allowed den Dekker to score.  But that would be all, as Wright, Curtis Granderson and Chris Young couldn’t get Murphy in from third.

After getting two outs in the 6th, Brandon Crawford hit a single. The next batter, Brandon Hicks, hit a ground ball to David Wright who throw the throw to second base wide, allowing Crawford to go to third and Hicks to second. Colon then proceeded to walk Hector Sanchez, loading the bases up for Angel Pagan. Pagan swung at the first pitch, knocking a single into left field plating two runs for the Giants and ending the night of Bartolo Colon.

Jeurys Famila was brought on to try to work the Mets out of the jam. After Hunter Pence beat out an infield hit, Buster Posey was up yet again with the bases loaded. Famila was able to strike out Posey, keeping the Mets in front.  Familia then pitched a perfect seventh and eighth innings, bridging the gap to closer Jenrry Mejia.

After a missed throw by Anthony Recker allowed Angel Pagan to get on a first, Hunter Pence took a pitch from Mejia and drove it into the corner for a game-tying double. Buster Posey, who had an number of opportunities to get runs on the board, advanced Pence to third with a sacrifice fly. With only one out, the Mets and Mejia walked Pablo Sandoval to put the double play on and decided to pitch to Mike Morse.

Morse proceeded to hit the first pitch Mejia threw into right-center field for a walk-off single.

Other Notes: 

Bartolo Colon started off strong, but ran into some trouble in the sixth after a throwing error by David Wright. Colon’s final line was 5.2 innings with eight hits, three runs (one earned), two walk and four strike outs.

Anthony Recker has turned himself into quite the backup catcher. He seems to thrive when given the chance to play. Nice player to have on the bench for the Mets.

The aggressiveness of the Mets on the bases tonight was obvious. For a team that has it’s struggles to score, it’s a welcoming sign to see them try to get themselves an extra base and give themselves better chances to get runners home. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s a good way to play when the runs aren’t coming as easily as the team would like.

Jeurys Familia has looked fantastic lately coming out of the bullpen. One can only dream of Vic Black, Famila and Jenrry Mejia becoming the solid,shut-down back end of the bullpen that the Mets so desperately needed.

When the Mets score runs, it seems they always do something to keep themselves from scoring more. A number of times tonight the Mets had chances to blow the doors of this game wide open, but couldn’t get the job done. That allowed the Giants to hang around all night long and it backfired in the end.

Next Up:

The Mets and Giants finish up their series tomorrow with former Giants draftee Zack Wheeler looking to build off of his last couple of starts for the Mets while the Giants will have Tim Lincecum on the mound. Game time is 4:05 PM ET.