Well, the Mets ripped defeat from the jaws of victory and I’m partially to blame, as I started to write this piece during the top of the 16th inning when the Mets took the lead. But both teams went through their entire bullpens and Chris Mazza simply had nothing left when he took the mound for his second inning of work and ended up giving up two runs without recording an out, as the Giants ended a long night with a 3-2 win.
Might as well let you see what this was going to say…
Pete Alonso waited until his seventh plate appearance of the game to get his first hit. But he made it worth the wait as he delivered a solo HR to lead off the 16th inning to lift the Mets to a 2-1 win over the Giants, Thursday night in San Francisco.
Both teams came into the game off double-digit scoring affairs, with the Giants scoring 11 and the Mets tallying 14. But with a matchup featuring Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard, it was a completely different story.
Bumgarner came in having never lost to the Mets, going 6-0 in the regular season and tacking on another win in the 2016 Wild Card game. And he was terrific again tonight, with a final line of 9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER and 6 Ks.
But Syndergaard gave seven strong innings of his own. Matched up with Tomas Nido, we saw more good sliders from Syndergaard, a pitch he’s struggled with most of the year.
And perhaps most surprising of all was that when the Mets went to the pen, the pen came thru, inning after inning.
That’s when I stopped writing and saw the rest of the game.
The Mets’ bullpen did deliver eight innings of scoreless action, which is pretty remarkable when you think about it.
One last thing left to add here at 2:39 a.m. and that’s that this game featured the best Steve Gelbs segment ever. All game long Gary and Keith were commenting about the gulls that congregate around the ballpark. There were birds on the field when the game started and in the later innings, when the birds felt it was time for the people to leave and for them to pick up the leftovers, Gelbs went out to the outfield with some bread in an attempt to feed them.
But, like how most people feel about Gelbs’ interruptions during the game, the gulls wanted nothing to do with him and they avoided him, even with him bearing gifts. And the best gift of all – there was no audio!
You take your wins where you can get them.