National League Game Summary - New York at San Francisco|
(Wednesday, August 1st)
Final Score: New York 2, San Francisco 1
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - 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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
08/02 01:45:17 ET