Showing posts with label Mets at Giants. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mets at Giants. Show all posts

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 88 - Mets (7) at Giants (2) - Mets Flash Bats, Wheeler Flashes his arm, Mets sweep series


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San Francisco (40-50)000000101262

W: Z. Wheeler (3-1) L: M. Cain (5-6)
HR: NYM - M. Byrd (15)   SF - None

Recap:

Zack Wheeler hasn't had much success since his first career start, but found a whole lot of it on Wednesday against the team that drafted him.

Wheeler turned in one of his best performances as a major leaguer and the New York Mets finished off a three-game sweep of the struggling defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants with a 7-1 victory at AT&T Park.

John Buck, Marlon Byrd and Daniel Murphy each knocked in a pair to highlight a second offensive surge for New York in as many days, and sent Giants ace Matt Cain (5-6) to the showers before the first inning was over.

Wheeler (3-1) was the Giants' sixth pick overall in the 2009 draft and blanked his former club for six frames. When it was all said and done, the young rookie scattered one run on three hits to complete a seven-inning stint.

"It felt good, I was really looking forward to it," said Wheeler about facing the Giants. "I told the guys earlier I really wanted to do well."

The Giants traded Wheeler to acquire outfielder Carlos Beltran in 2011, who they would lose to the St. Louis Cardinals via free agency in the following offseason.

San Francisco has plummeted to 40-50 on the campaign, losers of four straight and a remarkable 14 of their last 16 games.

"That will to win, believe me -- its there," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "Sometimes this happens when you get in a rut like this, you kind of stand back and wait for somebody else to do something. We've got to take the bull by the horns and get this thing going."

Byrd hit a grand slam in Tuesday's 10-6 victory and provided a two-run homer on Wednesday. Buck and Murphy each added two hits apiece, while Wheeler contributed an RBI double in New York's fifth win in six games.

An erratic Cain walked three, gave up three runs and only got two outs before he was lifted in the first inning. It was the shortest outing of his career.

Eric Young Jr. drew the first walk, swiped second and went to third on a throwing error from Buster Posey before scoring easily on Murphy's single.

Cain's command was noticeably off and soon loaded the bases after walking Ike Davis and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Bochy then lifted him after Buck dumped a slider into shallow center for a two-run single and a 3-0 Mets' lead.

Byrd provided New York with a five-run cushion in the fifth by sending a shot just over the center field wall.

Wheeler had given up 10 earned runs over his last three outings, but was cruising through the first five innings on Wednesday, limiting the Giants' offense to just a Pablo Sandoval single and a pair of walks.

He also helped offensively, contributing one of three doubles in the sixth for New York. He sent a shot over the head of Gregor Blanco in center to plate a run and Murphy followed two batters later with a two-bagger for a 7-0 lead.

The Giants got a run off Wheeler in the seventh on a Brandon Crawford single and scored another on a Tony Abreu sac fly in the ninth, but were up against too great of a margin. San Francisco had just six hits on the afternoon.

Game Notes

New York's David Wright went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games ... The Mets have won 15 of their last 23 contests ... It was New York's first three-game sweep of the season and first in San Francisco since 1994 ... The Giants were just 5-for-27 with runners in scoring position for the series.

Box Score:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Giants - Game 88


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Giants - Game 88:


  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Marlon Byrd, rf
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  7. John Buck, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Zack Wheeler, rhp

Preview: Game 88 - Mets at Giants - Wheeler vs Cain


New York Mets (39-48) at San Francisco Giants (40-49) 3:45 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
Z. Wheeler (R) 4 2-1 4.295.02-02.767/5@MILW5.0711-115.06.00
M. Cain (R) 18 5-5 4.856.13-35.507/5LADL2.1680-216.16.61

Preview:

Zack Wheeler will finally get a chance to flash his stuff in front of a crowd at AT&T Park. However, the highly-regarded prospect will be doing so in a New York Mets uniform looking to pitch his club to its first three-game road sweep of the San Francisco Giants in 19 years.

Wheeler takes the hill for the Mets on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of this series against the franchise that made him a first-round draft pick in 2009. He impressed the Giants enough as a hard-throwing high school prospect out of Georgia that they took him sixth overall and built up enough of a reputation in the minors that he landed the Giants established star outfielder Carlos Beltran in a trade with the Mets on July 28, 2011.

The Giants knew they were hurting their future a bit by trading Wheeler and it stung even more when Beltran signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals following the season.

"It's going to be pretty cool to pitch against the organization I was drafted by. It'll be fun," Wheeler told MLB.com.

"I definitely want to go out there and do well for myself and maybe show them what they could have had, I guess," Wheeler said. "That would be fun."

After rising through the minors and getting named the sixth-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com prior to this season, the 23-year-old is 2-1 with a 4.29 earned run average through his first four career starts, giving up four homers and walking 13 to 16 strikeouts in 21 innings. Wheeler is coming off a win over Milwaukee last Friday, when he allowed three runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and three walks over five innings.

"I'm definitely happy about my outing," the right-hander said. "Even though there were some low points -- falling behind, throwing 20 pitches an inning and only going five -- I battled out there as best as I could, and got a good result."

Matt Cain did not have good results last time out for the Giants and will be looking to bounce back yet again on Thursday.

Cain is 5-5 with a 4.85 ERA in 18 starts this season, but seemed to be turning a corner with a five-start stretch from June 7-29 in which he went 1-1 but with a 1.82 ERA.

Happy Recap: Game 87 - Mets (10) at Giants (6) - Byrd Slams Giants


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San Francisco (40-49)0200111016130
W: S. Rice (4-5) L: J. Mijares (0-2)
HR: NYM - A. Recker (5),M. Byrd (14)   SF - None

Recap:

Marlon Byrd's grand slam in the eighth inning broke open a tight game and helped give the New York Mets a 10-6 win over the struggling San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

Anthony Recker added a two-run homer, Andrew Brown knocked in a pair and Omar Quintanilla went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Mets, who have won the first two meetings of this three-game set after outlasting the Giants in a 16-inning marathon on Monday.

Scott Rice (4-5) stranded a pair in the seventh to earn the win behind Dillon Gee, who struggled through 6 2/3 innings having allowed five runs on nine hits and five walks.

"(Gee) got us deep into the game, which we needed to have," Mets manager Terry Collins said after using six relievers in Monday's game. "It saved the rest of our guys in the bullpen."

His counterpart, Barry Zito, was also lit up for five runs on seven hits and four free passes in his six-inning start. The left-hander is winless in his last seven outings for the defending World Series champions.

Pablo Sandoval had two RBI for San Francisco, which has dropped seven of its last eight to fall a season-high nine games under .500.

"Our issue has been scoring runs. Tonight we had some good at-bats and put some runs on the board, but the pitching wasn't there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Jose Mijares (0-2) put on the go-ahead run in the eighth and Jeremy Affeldt gave up Daniel Murphy's sacrifice fly. In a 5-5 game, Mijares was pulled with one on and one out, and a single and a walk loaded the bases for Murphy, whose fly ball to left field was deep enough to plate Quintanilla.

After David Wright worked a walk to load the bases again, Byrd took the first pitch he saw from Jake Dunning, a hanging breaking ball, and redirected it into the left-field seats for his seventh career grand slam.

Carlos Torres gave up Nick Noonan's pinch-hit, RBI single in the ninth before closing out the victory.

Brown was robbed of a potential home run by a Tuesday call-up in the second inning. Kensuke Tanaka, who played primarily at second base in the minors but saw time in the outfield at Triple-A Fresno, looked like a seasoned veteran when he tracked down Brown's drive to left field and perfectly timed his jump at the wall to snare it just before it found the seats.

The Mets were not as sure-handed in the bottom half. Brandon Belt attempted a steal of second base with runners on the corners and one out, and Recker's throw skipped into center field. Hunter Pence scored on the error and Belt slid in safely when Murphy threw high to home on Guillermo Quiroz's bouncer to second.

Zito got himself in trouble in the fourth by issuing a pair of walks around a Byrd single. Brown followed with a two-run double to left and Quintanilla drove in another with a two-out base hit to center to give the Mets a 3-2 lead.

Gregor Blanco and Tanaka both singled to open the fifth, with the 32-year-old Tanaka receiving a standing ovation for his first big-league hit. Scutaro bunted both runners up 90 feet, and Sandoval made it 3-3 with a run-scoring groundout.

Recker crushed a two-run homer in the sixth, and the Giants pushed a run across in their next two at-bats to even things again. Belt scored on Tony Abreu's pinch-hit infield single in the sixth, and Sandoval plated Tanaka with a sac fly in the seventh.

Game Notes

Wright had two of New York's 12 hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games ... The Giants were 8-2 in Zito's 10 home starts coming in ... The Mets are 5-1-2 in their last eight series and 7-1-2 in their last 10 road sets ... In addition to purchasing Tanaka's contract on Tuesday, the Giants also agreed to a minor league contract with recently released outfielder Jeff Francoeur, placed catcher Hector Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, recalled pitcher Mike Kickham from Triple-A Fresno and designated outfielder Cole Gillespie for assignment.

Box Score:

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Preview: Game 87 - Mets at Giants - Gee vs Zito


New York Mets (38-48) at San Francisco Giants (40-48) 10:15 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
D. Gee (R) 17 6-7 4.456.03-46.027/4ARIND7.0621-018.04.00
B. Zito (L) 17 4-6 4.446.04-11.987/3@CINND4.0710-116.13.31

Preview:

While he's pitched well lately, Dillon Gee's only start against the San Francisco Giants was hardly one to remember.

The New York Mets right-hander will seek a better performance Tuesday night while trying to add to the Giants' recent woes.

Gee (6-7, 4.45 ERA) is 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA in his last seven starts and has totaled 47 strikeouts and nine walks in 47 1-3 innings. He fanned seven and gave up two runs over seven innings Thursday against Arizona, but the Mets lost 5-4 in 15 innings.

Gee wasn't nearly as effective against San Francisco on April 23, 2012, allowing seven runs and a career-high 12 hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 7-2 home loss. The Giants (40-48), though, don't appear poised to duplicate that effort.

They enter this game having batted .197 during a 2-12 stretch and fell 4-3 in 16 innings in Monday's series opener.

The Mets (38-48) ended their third game of 13 or more innings this month - and fifth this season - after Brandon Crawford's two-out error scored Eric Young.

Happy Recap: Game 86 - Mets (4) at Giants (3) - Mets outlast Giants in 16 innings


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San Francisco (40-48)10000000003142

W: J. Edgin (1-1) L: G. Kontos (2-2) S: B. Parnell (16)
HR: NYM - None   SF - B. Posey (13)

Recap:

Eric Young scored the go-ahead run on an error in the top of the 16th inning, as the New York Mets outlasted the San Francisco Giants, 4-3, in the first of three games at AT&T Park.

Young hit a one-out single off George Kontos (2-2), stole second and moved to third on a 4-3 grounder. After Javier Lopez intentionally walked David Wright, pinch-hitter Anthony Recker grounded a Lopez pitch that shortstop Brandon Crawford booted, allowing Young to score.

The Giants put two men on base with one out in the home half of the 16th, but Bobby Parnell earned his 16th save by striking out Pablo Sandoval and getting a pinch-hitting Guillermo Quiroz to bounce into a game-ending fielder's choice.

The final out was recorded just before 3:45 (et).

Josh Edgin (1-1) tossed two innings to collect the win, the Mets' third in the last four games.

The Giants, who have dropped six of seven, stranded a runner in scoring position in the 11th and 12th innings and left the bases loaded in both the 13th and 15th.

Buster Posey went 5-for-8 with two doubles and a two-run homer for the Giants, who went 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 18 men on base.

Crawford had three hits with an RBI and stole at least one run away from the Mets when he dove in the hole and threw out Marlon Byrd to leave two in scoring position in the 11th.

Matt Harvey, trying to make his case for starting next week's Midsummer Classic in front of All-Star manager Bruce Bochy, had a similar line to that of his counterpart, Tim Lincecum. Both starters allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over seven innings, with Harvey adding to his NL-leading total with six strikeouts and Lincecum fanning a season-high 11.

Neither factored in the decision after Hunter Pence, one of five NL finalists for MLB's Final Vote, tripled high off the right-field wall leading off the seventh and scored the tying run on Crawford's comebacker through the middle.

Posey turned on a fastball and took Harvey deep over the left-field wall in the first inning with fellow All-Star Marco Scutaro on first following his one-out single.

John Buck's RBI double in the fifth inning halved New York's deficit, and the Mets pushed two across in a forgettable sixth for San Francisco's defense.

Young opened the frame with a triple into the left-field corner and scored when a sliding Andres Torres had Daniel Murphy's sinking liner carom off the heel of his glove.

Wright followed with an infield single, and Murphy advanced to third on Scutaro's throwing error, proving vital after Murphy scored the go-ahead run on Ike Davis' double-play grounder.

Game Notes

Harvey, who threw 121 pitches, has 147 strikeouts and 15 quality starts this season. He is just the fourth pitcher in Mets history to make the All-Star team in his first full season in the majors ... Lincecum has just one win in his last 10 starts ... The Giants lost their seventh straight series opener ... San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt went 0-for-8 with five strikeouts ... Game time: 5:26.

Box Score:

Monday, July 08, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Giants - Game 86


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Giants - Game 86:
  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Marlon Byrd, rf
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  7. John Buck, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Matt Harvey, rhp

Preview: Game 86 - Mets at Giants - Harvey vs Lincecum


New York Mets (37-48) at San Francisco Giants (40-47) 10:15 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
M. Harvey (R) 18 7-2 2.276.15-02.367/3ARIL6.0951-119.02.84
T. Lincecum (R) 17 4-9 4.666.13-34.157/2@CINL5.1630-217.25.09

Preview:

If New York right-hander Matt Harvey plans on starting for the National League at next week's All-Star Game, he'd better be on his game Monday when the Mets open a three-game set against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

Despite just seven wins, Harvey certainly has the credentials to be on the hill next Tuesday at Citi Field, as he is amongst the league leaders with a 2.27 ERA and tops the NL with 141 strikeouts.

Of course, it will be San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy who will be picking the All-Star starter.

"It's one thing I can't decide," Harvey said. "I've got two more starts left, and I have to go out there obviously and put up zeros, and do everything I can to help the Mets."

Harvey had a rare hiccup his last time out on Wednesday against Arizona, as he absorbed just his second loss of the season and was hit for five runs and nines hits in six innings.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 106 - Mets at Giants - Mets Run Over Giants 9-1


AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)
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San Francisco (56-49)000100000140
 
W: C. Young (3-5) L: B. Zito (8-8)
HR: NYM - None   SF - None

Recap:
The New York Mets' speciality this season has been their production with two outs. They added to those totals in Thursday's series finale at AT&T Park, a 9-1 win over the struggling San Francisco Giants.

New York scored eight two-out runs, half of which came in the first inning, giving them 215 for the season. The Mets entered play leading the majors in that category.

The beneficiary of the two-out prowess was Chris Young (3-5). The towering New York right-hander, who concluded July at 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA in five starts, gave up one run on four hits in seven innings.

"The guys set the tone with the runs early and allowed me a lot of room for error," Young said.

Ronny Cedeno collected three hits and tied a career-high with five RBI for New York, which took three of four from San Francisco.

Melky Cabrera finished a home run shy of the cycle while recording three of the Giants' four hits. Barry Zito (8-8) allowed seven runs on six hits and walked three in 4 1/3 innings to absorb the loss.

"We got down early and just couldn't get much going with the bats," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

San Francisco has dropped seven of eight, all at home. Despite their recent slide, the Giants still own a half-game lead over second-place Los Angeles in the NL West standings. Arizona, though, is lurking two games back.

The visitors posted a four-spot in the opening frame, loading the bases on consecutive two-out walks and a hit by pitch. Jason Bay singled home a pair and New York plated two more when Cabrera failed to glove Cedeno's fly ball in left. Cedeno was credited with a double on the play.

David Wright singled home Andres Torres, who had hit a two-out double, in the second to make it 5-0.

San Francisco got on the board in the fourth when Cabrera led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by newcomer Hunter Pence.

The Mets extended their lead with two runs in the fifth. Torres drew a leadoff walk and came around to score after Scott Hairston and Daniel Murphy hit back- to-back one-out singles.

Shane Loux, activated from the 15-day disabled list before the contest, relieved Zito and surrendered a two-out, RBI single to Cedeno.

The New York second baseman added another two-run double in the seventh.

Game Notes

The Giants wrapped up a 3-7 homestand...Loux missed 27 games with a neck strain...San Francisco also activated catcher Hector Sanchez from the 15-day DL. Sanchez, who went 0-for-4 on Thursday, had been sidelined with a left knee sprain since mid-July.

Box Score:

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Giants - Game 106


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Giants - Game 106:
  1. Ruben Tejada, ss
  2. Andres Torres, cf
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Scott Hairston, rf
  5. Daniel Murphy, 1b
  6. Jason Bay, lf
  7. Ronny Cedeno, 2b
  8. Rob Johnson, c
  9. Chris Young, rhp

Preview: Game 106 - Mets at Giants - Young vs Zito


New York Mets (51-54) at San Francisco Giants (56-48) 3:45 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
C. Young (R) 10 2-5 4.585.12-35.707/28@ARIL4.0760-217.05.29
B. Zito (L) 20 8-7 3.896.04-43.417/28LADL5.1741-119.13.26

Preview:
The San Francisco Giants reverted back to their losing ways in last night's loss to the New York Mets, but can still escape with a series split this afternoon in the finale of a four-game set at AT&T Park.

The Giants ended a five-game losing streak by evening this series on Tuesday, but dropped a 2-1 decision last night. Matt Cain was saddled with the loss and gave up two runs early in the game, lasting five innings to fall to 10-4 on the year.

"It's a tough one to lose because we dodged bullets all night," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We didn't do much with the bats or created a lot of chances either."

Buster Posey's home run in the sixth inning was all the offense San Francisco could produce. The club still owns a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West standings. Hunter Pence, acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies at the trade deadline, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his Giants debut.

San Francisco will kick off a seven-game road trip this weekend against Colorado and St. Louis, and is slated to send Barry Zito to the mound today. Zito had won three of his past four decisions until the Dodgers landed on the schedule Saturday in a 10-0 loss. He allowed four runs in 5 1/3 frames of a 10-0 setback, falling to 8-7 in 20 starts and raising his ERA to 3.89.

Zito, a left-hander and 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner with Oakland, did not factor in the outcome of a 4-3 win at New York on April 20, when he tossed five innings of two-run ball. Zito, who sports a 4-4 mark in 10 home starts this season, is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets.

Surprisingly Happy Recap: Game 105 - Mets at Giants - Niese, Mets Squeak Out Win


AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)
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W: J. Niese (8-5) L: M. Cain (10-4)
S: B. Parnell (4)
HR: NYM - R. Tejada (1)   SF - B. Posey (14)

Recap:
The Mets started the game with a homer from Ruben Tejada, and even after coming up empty after loading the bases in their final three innings, were able to squeeze past San Francisco, 2-1, at AT&T Park.



The Mets had 19 base runners, coming on nine hits, nine walks and a hit batsman, but gave the Giants every opportunity to win Wednesday night. New York went 1-for-13 with men in scoring position and left 13 runners on base, but managed to take their second victory in this four-game series.

Jonathon Niese (8-5) gave up three hits, including a sixth-inning homer to Buster Posey, as the Mets posted just their fifth win in 19 games since the All-Star break. Niese lasted seven innings.

"He threw all his pitches for strikes. I thought his changeup was good tonight. After the first inning he was outstanding," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Tejada and David Wright each had three hits for the Mets.

Hunter Pence, a day after being traded from the Phillies, started in right field for the Giants but went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in his new team debut.

Matt Cain (10-4) had control problems early and lasted five innings in suffering his second loss in his last 16 starts.

The Giants, losers in six of their last seven contests, remained a game ahead of the Dodgers for first place in the NL West.

"It's a tough one to lose because we dodged bullets all night," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We didn't do much with the bats or created a lot of chances either."

Tejada hit the second pitch of the game over the wall in left. Tejada had gone more than 600 at-bats since his only other career homer, which came Sept. 5, 2010 at Wrigley Field.

Cain threw 30 pitches in the first inning and struggled again in the second, loading the bases with one out after consecutive singles by Josh Thole, Niese and Tejada. Jordany Valdespin grounded a ball to third base for a force play, resulting in New York's second run, and Wright fanned to end the inning.

Gregor Blanco saved a run in the top of the fourth. With Tejada on second base and two outs, Valdespin sent a fly ball to left-center field. Blanco extended his body to make a great diving catch.

Posey homered to left with two outs in the sixth.

The Mets had great chances to pad their lead in the seventh, eighth and ninth after loading the bases, but came up empty each time.

In the seventh, Javier Lopez entered from the bullpen to replace George Kontos and got Ike Davis to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.

In the eighth, the Mets essentially ran themselves out of a possible chance to add to their edge. Clay Hensley walked three batters in the inning and also pegged Mike Baxter with a pitch, but Jason Bay's base-running gaffe and a sparkling defensive play by second baseman Ryan Theriot helped the Giants escape.

Daniel Murphy and Bay walked before Baxter was hit by a pitch to fill the bases with nobody out. Thole then hit a ball to first baseman Brett Pill, who threw home for the force out. Posey's throw to first deflected off the left shoulder of Thole, and Thole was ruled out of the baseline and the Mets ended up having runners at first and second with two outs.

"That's a bad rule. Surely you have to come inside that line or you're going to break your leg," Collins said.

New York pulled off a double steal before pinch-hitter Justin Tuner walked to load the bases again. Brad Penny spelled Hensley and Tejada hit a sharp grounder to Theriot, who made a sparkling diving stop and threw to first to keep it a 2-1 game.

Wright singled, Davis grounded a double over third base and Murphy was intentionally walked, all with one out in the ninth to load the bases against Penny. Bay then hit a sharp liner back to Penny, who made the belt-high grab and threw to first for the double play.

Emotional as Penny was after making the double play, the Giants weren't able to turn the defensive momentum into offense in their final at-bat.

Bobby Parnell retired the side in order in the ninth for his fourth save of the season.

Game Notes

The Giants placed infielder Aubrey Huff on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee sprain...Niese snapped a four-start winless skid...Cain has allowed eight homers over his last six starts and has given up 16 overall this year after yielding just nine total last season.

Box Score:

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Preview: Game 105 - Mets at Giants - Niese vs Cain


New York Mets (50-54) at San Francisco Giants (56-47) 10:15 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
J. Niese (L) 20 7-5 3.865.23-33.707/27@ARIL6.0960-120.04.50
M. Cain (R) 20 10-3 2.806.15-22.137/27LADND7.0931-021.13.80

Preview:
In order to stay afloat in the National League West standings, the division-leading San Francisco Giants hope the addition of Hunter Pence will provide a lift in their march to the postseason.

Pence could make his debut this evening in the third portion of a four-game series versus the New York Mets at AT&T Park and was acquired before Tuesday's trade deadline from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a trio of players. The Giants parted ways with right fielder Nate Schierholtz, catching prospect Tommy Joseph and minor league pitcher Seth Rosin.

"Walking into the stadium was amazing," Pence said. "There were still fans out there welcoming me. The fans are pumped, and that gets you really excited when you get here. I've been on a plane all day traveling, and it's refreshing."

Pence's numbers are down in 2012 after putting up career statistics in 2011. In 101 games this season, Pence is batting .271 with a .336 on-base percentage and a .447 slugging percentage; this comes after a 2011 split between Houston and Philadelphia in which he batted .314 with a .370 OBP and .502 SLG.

The Giants are one game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West lead and their division rivals also tapped into the Philadelphia roster on Tuesday, plucking center fielder Shane Victorino. The Giants ended a five-game losing streak with last night's 4-1 win behind Tim Lincecum's seven strong innings. Lincecum is having a down year, but didn't show it in allowing one run and six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.

Jeremy Affeldt went the last two innings for his second save.

"I thought he had all his pitches going. He was under control too," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Lincecum, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner. "Great poise out there. It's hard to throw a better pitch than to get him what he did in that at-bat. He pitched like the Timmy we know."

Marco Scutaro provided two hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Ryan Theriot crossed the plate twice for San Francisco, which is 3-5 on a 10-game homestand.

Recap: Game 104 - Mets at Giants - Mets Fall to Lincecum's Wrath


AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)
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San Francisco (56-47) «02000101x450

W: T. Lincecum (5-11) L: M. Harvey (1-1)
S: J. Affeldt (2)
HR: NYM - None   SF - None

Recap:
Tim Lincecum threw seven strong innings and the San Francisco Giants snapped a five-game skid with a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets.

Lincecum (5-11) gave up six hits and a run while striking out seven, including freezing pinch-hitter David Wright on a pitch to end the top of the seventh. The Mets left the bases full and the Giants tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on Marco Scutaro's RBI single.

The Giants, who moved a game ahead of the Dodgers for first place in the NL West, made a significant trade prior to Tuesday afternoon's non-waiver dealing deadline. They acquired outfielder Hunter Pence from the Phillies.

Heading to the Phillies were outfielder Nate Schierholtz, catching prospect Tommy Joseph, who played for the United States in this year's Futures Game, and minor league pitcher Seth Rosin. The Giants also got cash in the deal.

Pence arrived to AT&T Park just after the game ended and signed a few autographs before meeting his new teammates.

Justin Turner doubled in Scott Hairston in the second inning, but the Mets couldn't give Matt Harvey (1-1) enough run support in his second career start. Harvey gave up four hits and fanned seven over six innings.

"He didn't have the command that he did the first time out. I thought he pitched very well and kept us in the ball game," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

The Giants loaded the bases in the second and the Mets should have had an inning-ending double play on a ball hit by Brandon Crawford, but Ruben Tejada threw high and wide of first base, allowing Brandon Belt to score.

Ryan Theriot scored on Scutaro's double-play grounder in the sixth before Lincecum escaped trouble the following inning when Wright froze on a 78 mph curveball.

"I thought he had all his pitches going. He was under control too," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Great poise out there. It's hard to throw a better pitch than to get him what he did in that at-bat. He pitched like the Timmy we know."

Scutaro's base hit to center plated Theriot in the eighth.

Jeremy Affeldt had three strikeouts over the final two innings to get his second save of the year.

Game Notes

In addition to acquiring Pence, the Giants also recalled infielder Brett Pill from Triple-A Fresno...The Giants have won 12 of the last 17 games against the Mets...New York is 4-14 since the All-Star break.

Box Score:

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Preview: Game 104 - Mets at Giants - Harvey vs Lincecum


New York Mets (50-53) at San Francisco Giants (55-47) 10:15 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
M. Harvey (R) 1 1-0 0.005.11-00.007/26@ARIW5.1301-05.10.00
T. Lincecum (R) 21 4-11 5.886.12-53.907/25SDL4.2751-119.23.20

Preview:
If the San Francisco Giants want to end their losing streak, Tim Lincecum may not be the perfect option to send to the mound.

Either way, Lincecum gets the nod Tuesday for the Giants in the continuation of a four-game series versus the New York Mets at AT&T Park.

Lincecum is having a down year as evidenced by his 4-11 record and 5.88 earned run average in 21 starts. He has lost three of his past five outings, including Wednesday's 6-3 setback to San Diego in which he allowed five runs and seven hits, including two homers, in 4 2/3 innings.

"Hopefully this isn't a step backward," Lincecum said afterward.

The right-hander and two-time NL Cy Young Award winner defeated the Mets back on April 23 this season at Citi Field with five innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory. Lincecum, who is only 2-5 in 10 home starts in 2012, improved to 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in eight career starts against New York.

San Francisco suffered its fifth straight loss in last night's 8-7 setback in 10 innings, as Scott Hairston homered off Giants closer Santiago Casilla and Jason Bay later scored on Rob Johnson's fielder's choice bunt. Casilla was saddled with the loss and starter Madison Bumgarner struck out nine batters and allowed two runs in six innings.

Nate Schierholtz singled in a run in the bottom of the 10th and ended with three hits and two RBI. Marco Scutaro, Ryan Theriot, Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey all finished with two hits and an RBI for the Giants, who are only a percentage point ahead of Los Angeles and 3 1/2 games in front of Arizona for the NL West lead.

Happy Recap: Game 103 - Mets at Giants - Hairston Homers Twice in Mets Win


AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)

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W: J. Edgin (1-0) L: S. Casilla (4-5)
S: M. Acosta (1)
HR: NYM - S. Hairston (13),S. Hairston (14)   SF - None

Recap:
Scott Hairston homered twice, including a leadoff shot in the 10th inning off Santiago Casilla, and the New York Mets won a wild 8-7 contest over San Francisco to send the Giants to their season- high fifth straight loss.

Pinch-Hitter Justin Turner doubled home the go-ahead tally during a four-run eighth inning, but the Giants rallied for two in the ninth for a 6-6 tie thanks to RBI doubles from Buster Posey and Nate Schierholtz.

In the 10th, Hairston struck a 1-1 curveball over the wall in left-center. Jason Bay walked with one out and Mike Baxter, just activated from the 15-day disabled list, had a pinch-hit single up the middle.

Clay Hensley was summoned from the bullpen to replace Casilla (4-5) and Rob Johnson bunted toward the mound. Hensley looked toward second before firing home late, as Bay scored standing up.

Schierholtz singled in Ryan Theriot with two outs in the bottom of the 10th, but Manny Acosta regrouped and secured his first save of the year by retiring Brandon Belt on a fly ball to the warning track in center field.

"Manny Acosta, two years in a row, has been an outstanding pitcher in the second half of the season. We need him now," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Hairston and Bay each scored three times for the Mets, who won back-to-back contests for the first time since ending June with a four-game winning streak.

The Giants left 15 men on base and fell into a virtual first-place tie with the Dodgers in the NL West.

"It was a wild game. A lot of little things happened. We swung the bats, but made some mistakes and it came back to get us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Hairston's two-run blast to left off Sergio Romo in the eighth tied the game and Turner doubled off the base of the wall in left-center later in the frame to plate Jason Bay. Rob Johnson capped the outburst with an RBI single for a 6-4 lead, but Bobby Parnell and Josh Edgin (1-0) couldn't hold the advantage.

Posey's double to the alley in left-center plated Melky Cabrera, and later Schierholtz laced what turned out to be a double to right. Ike Davis, playing in at first base, saw the ball bounce under his glove into the outfield. With the bases full and Marco Scutaro facing a 3-2 pitch, Edgin painted the outside corner to send the game to the 10th.

Scutaro's sacrifice fly in the third gave the Giants the lead, but Ronny Cedeno doubled home two runs in the fourth.

Cabrera's single plated Scutaro in the fifth, and the Giants went ahead 4-2 in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff beat out a potential double play ball to score one run, but he left the game with an apparent leg injury after running hard to first. With runners at the corners, Theriot singled to right to plate pinch-runner Matt Cain.

Game Notes

New York is 3-2 on its season-high 11-game road trip...The Mets came into Monday batting .184 with men in scoring position over their last 13 games, but went 3-for-8 in such situations in the opener of this four-game series...Mets center fielder Andres Torres hurt his thumb while legging out a hit in the fifth inning...Giants center fielder Angel Pagan hurt his right hand punching something after an at-bat...The Giants had a season-high 16 hits...Giants starter Madison Bumgarner had nine strikeouts over six innings, and New York's Jeremy Hefner allowed 10 hits and four runs over the first 5 2/3 frames...Edgin got his first major league win.

Box Score:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Giants - Game 103


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Giants - Game 103:
  1. Ruben Tejada, ss
  2. Andres Torres, cf
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Scott Hairston, rf
  5. Ike Davis, 1b
  6. Jason Bay, lf
  7. Ronny CedeƱo, 2b
  8. Rob Johnson, c
  9. Jeremy Hefner, rhp

Game Notes: Game 103 - Mets at Giants


Mets Game Notes: Game 103 - Mets at Giants:

The Mets snapped their two-game losing streak with a 5-1 win at Arizona yesterday...New York is 6-17 in July after posting winning months in April (13-10), May (15-13) and June (15-13) ...The Mets are 3-13 since the All-Star break...New York is 14-19 in the first game of a series, including 6-10 on the road.

New York is 2-2 on its season-high 11-game road trip after splitting four games with the  Diamondbacks...After this series, the Mets will travel to San Diego for three games...The Mets have lost eight of their last 11 road games and are 23-27 overall on the road this year ...David Wright is second in the majors with a .369 road batting average.

The Mets have scored 251 runs on the road, the second-most in the majors...Seattle is first with 258...The Mets are averaging 5.02 runs per game on the road which leads the majors.

Preview: Game 103 - Mets at Giants - Mets Face Lefty Bumgarner


New York Mets (49-53) at San Francisco Giants (55-46) 10:15 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
J. Hefner (R) 4 1-4 5.405.10-23.147/25WSHL6.0620-19.16.75
M. Bumgarner (L) 20 11-6 3.106.17-11.897/24SDND7.0621-121.02.14

Preview:
The San Francisco Giants only have themselves to blame for losing grip on the National League West lead. Tonight, they hope to bounce back versus the New York Mets in the opener of a four-game series at AT&T Park.

The Giants have lost four straight and sit a percentage point ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for division bragging rights. They were just swept in three games against L.A. and dropped a 4-0 decision in Sunday's series finale.

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw hurled a five-hit shutout, while Giants right- hander Ryan Vogelsong was saddled with the hard-luck loss for giving up two runs - one earned - over six innings. Jeremy Affeldt allowed a pair of runs in relief.

"We got two months of baseball to play and a lot of things can happen between now and then. If history repeats itself, this division always comes down to the last couple weeks of the season," Vogelsong said.

San Francisco managed just five hits and was outscored, 19-3, in the series. It is 2-4 so far on a 10-game homestand and hopes Madison Bumgarner can continue his home dominance when he toes the rubber tonight. Bumgarner is 7-1 with a 1.89 earned run average in nine starts at AT&T Park this season, but did not receive a decision his last time out in a 3-2 win over San Diego by the bay.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Recap: Game 91 - Mets at Giants - Cain out-duels Pelfrey


Final Score: San Francisco 4, New York 2

Nate Schierholtz went 4-for-4, Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak to 21 games and Matt Cain tossed six scoreless innings to help the Giants beat the Mets, 4-2, in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Sandoval doubled in the third inning to extend the streak. It's the longest by a Giant since Buster Posey hit safely in 21 straight last season. Jack Clark holds the San Francisco era record for longest hit streak with 26 games from June 30-July 25, 1978. The franchise record is 33 games, held by George Davis in 1893.

Schierholtz drove in a run and scored a run for the Giants, who head into the All-Star break with victories in four of their last five games.

Cain (8-5) gave up five hits for San Francisco, which sits in first place in the NL West with a 52-40 record. He struck out four and walked three. Since Cain started Sunday, he will be replaced by Braves closer Craig Kimbrel for Tuesday's All-Star Game.

"It's going to be a tough race," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's going to go deep in the season here."

Nick Evans hit a solo homer for New York, which has lost three of four to drop to 46-45 on the season. Justin Turner went 4-for-5 with an RBI.

Mike Pelfrey (5-8) allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked two in the loss.

"We came in here and faced three guys [Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Cain] that are going to the All-Star Game, so we didn't have an easy task in front of us. You've got to kind of keep it in perspective," Pelfrey said.

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