In the first two games of the Mets-Giants series, the Mets made lots of noise in the ninth inning. A rally fell short in game one, but in game two the Mets scored four runs to win the game. In the rubber game Thursday afternoon, the made a little bit of noise but not enough as they dropped the game and the series to the Giants.
The game was scoreless until the fourth when a double and two singles produced a run for the Giants off of Jonathon Niese. With one out and runners on first and third, someone named Ehire Adrianza hit what looked to be a double play ball that would end the inning. But he beat the relay to first and the Giants added a second run.
The Mets got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning. Wednesday night’s hero Josh Satin led off with a double and Daniel Murphy drove him in with a single to make it a 2-1 game.
In the sixth Satin walked and Andrew Brown singled with two outs to move Satin to third. Wilmer Flores hit a shot that bounced off of Bumgarner’s leg and right to the first baseman, who stepped on the bag for the third out.
The Mets got runners on first and second with two outs in the seventh, but Bumgarner was able to get out of it.
Niese went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out four.
Madison Bumgarner was better. The Mets managed just four hits off of him over seven innings. He struck out 10 batters and walked three.
So it came down to the ninth, the Mets down 2-1. Santiago Casilla, who started the ill-fated (for the Giants) ninth inning Wednesday night, was on the mound again today. He opened by walking Matt den Dekker. Juan Lagares sacrificed him to second. I hate to sound like a broken record, but why would you give away an out in the ninth inning down by a run? Just dumb. Lucas Duda pinch hit for Travis d’Arnaud (again, for some unknown reason), and the Giants countered with lefty Javier Lopez. Duda popped out meekly to center. Anthony Recker came in to pinch hit for Omar Quintanilla. He struck out to end the game.
Mets lose 2-1.