Tonight in San Fran the Mets fell to the Giants 4-2 (box score) and the story of the night was pitching.
Mike Pelfrey had a good outing tonight for the Mets going 6 innings and giving up 2 runs on 6 hits, while striking out 5 and walking two. On a normal night that would be good enough to win, but not when you’re facing Matt Cain.
Cain was awesome for the Giants through 6 innings giving up only 5 hits before he gave way to the Giants bullpen who despite giving up the game’s only two runs for the Mets, held down the lead and the win.
The big difference in tonight’s game were two pitches that were thrown by Pelfrey. He left two pitches up and over the plate to Andres Torres and Pablo Sandoval in the Giants two-run third that made the difference in the game. With Cain pitching the way he did tonight, two runs seemed like more than enough. But unfortunately for the Mets, the Giants were able to pad their lead out to 4-0 in the 7th inning off of Jonathon Niese, making a rare relief appearance, with RBI singles by Aaron Roward and Miguel Tejada. It’s important to note that at the center of most of the Giants scoring tonight was Nate Schierholtz who went 4-4 with an RBI and a run. Schierholtz was extending innings and setting up innings all night for the Giants, and proved to be a real thorn that the Mets just couldn’t get out.
The only real offensive bright spots for the Mets tonight were a bit of a thorn themselves. Justin Turner pounded the ball tonight going 4-5 with an RBI of his own in the ninth inning after a Willie Harris pinch-hit double that made things a little uncomfortable for the Giants. But Brian Wilson was able to close the door by striking out the side in the ninth. The only other Mets run tonight was off the bat of Nick Evans who drove a solo shot off to left off of Jeremy Affeldt.
The Mets enter the All-Star break still in the hunt, and over .500, which admittedly is more than I expected considering all the injuries this team has had to deal with. So, let’s call the first half a success and hope the cavalry comes in time to make a serious push at the Wild Card.
Let’s Go Mets. (and the National League)
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