A combination of effective pitching and timely hitting helped the New York Mets in their efforts of beating the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in 11 innings.
On the mound for the Mets in AT&T Park today was the lefty Steven Matz, and he pitched nearly flawless over the seven innings that he was in the game. He allowed only three hits, a walk, and one earned run that came from an Evan Longoria home run. He was dominant, showing great command and knowledge of the strike zone by striking out a career-high 11 Giants. It would be a great day for Mets pitchers, as the strikeouts continued to roll after Matz left the game.
Out of the bullpen, Seth Lugo took command in the eighth inning. He was lights out in his two innings on the mound, striking out two on his way to two hitless innings. Jerry Blevins then came into the 10th, and worked his way around a walk to throw a scoreless inning. Following the Mets taking the lead in the 11th, Robert Gsellman came on and earned the save. Today, Mets pitchers had 16 combined strikeouts, which just went to show that Mets pitchers are capable of being at a good level of production. My Gut Reaction is that all of the staff is treating September as an audition for next season, so we will see some great outings.
At the plate, Tomas Nido had a great day for the Mets, going 2-4, including an RBI double that drove in Brandon Nimmo to tie the game in the top of the fifth. With the game tied at one in the 11th however, it was no other than Wilmer Flores, Mr. Clutch, that led off the top of the inning with a double. After being moved over to third on a Jay Bruce sacrifice grounder, Todd Frazier drove Flores in to put the Mets ahead for good, 2-1.
Sealing the victory in the bottom of the 11th was a sprawling catch by Nimmo on a ball that started dying in the air. As he laid out, the signature smile beamed on his face.