The Mets and the San Francisco Giants were tied in the eighth inning Fridaynight. But after San Francisco’s Angel Pagan drew a leadoff walk and moved into scoring position, the Giants were so confident that they had their closer, Sergio Romo, start to warm up.
Then Buster Posey, the Giants’ leader, crushed a two-run homer to left-center field. Romo pitched a clean ninth inning, and the Giants won, 4-2. This was the best team in baseball at work.
The Mets seemed stunned, but the loss should not have come as a surprise. The same themes had played out for them all season. Jon Niese pitched seven strong innings. Matt Cain, the Giants’ starter, was dominant, even carrying a no-hit bid into the sixth inning. And even when the Mets managed to tie the game, their bullpen fumbled it away.
It was hard to predict which Met, if any, would get the team’s first hit. Even David Wright and Curtis Granderson, the Mets’ veteran leaders, looked helpless against Cain.
The previous three days in Chicago, the Mets had stranded 31 base runners against the Cubs. Perhaps no one was struggling more than the Mets’ rookie catcher, Travis d’Arnaud. In seven games since returning from a concussion, he had gone 3 for 23 with four strikeouts entering Friday’s game. On the season, d’Arnaud was hitting .184.
“He’s a rookie,” Collins said, “and when you start saying he’s the guy who’s got to carry us offensively, we’ve got problems. That is not where the problems lie.”
“We need to help out throughout the lineup,” he added.
In the fourth, Cain issued a five-pitch walk to Granderson but got Andrew Brown to ground into an easy double play. Cain, who threw a perfect game in 2012, had the crowd buzzing. But the Mets’ first hitter in the sixth, Ruben Tejada, reached on an infield single. The fans at AT&T Park applauded Cain for his effort.
In the bottom half, Carlos Torres promptly walked Pagan, a former Met, on four pitches. Two batters later, on a 1-0 pitch, Posey smacked the winning home run.
“Walks are killing us,” Collins said.
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