Tuesday, July 9, 2013
About last night ... 5 wacky events
By Adam Rubin
SAN FRANCISCO -- It ended at 3:42 a.m. ET after 16 innings. And that left plenty of time for some odd occurrences.
For those who keep less nocturnal hours and missed it, here were five wacky events from Mets 4, San Francisco Giants 3:
Attack of the birds: Seagulls are commonplace at AT&T Park, which is alongside scenic McCovey Cove.
Adam RubinThe A&T Park scoreboard made light of the circling seagulls.
This time, the birds seemed to get feisty after the players decided to use occupy their landing pad -- aka the field -- for an extra seven innings.
The telecast had seagulls whizzing through shots while circling the field. The birds even got bold and started landing in the outfield in the latter innings. A few started encroaching upon the press box.
When John Buck batted in the 15th, the AT&T Park staff had a little fun and put pictures of seagulls in random places on the scoreboard.
Whoops: Bruce Bochy has managed the Giants to World Series titles two of the last three years. So forgive his 16th-inning lapse.
After Eric Young Jr.’s one-out single in what turned out to be the final frame, pitching coach Dave Righetti visited right-handed reliever George Kontos on the mound with Daniel Murphy due up. Young then stole second. And with Murphy still at the plate, Bochy went out to talk to Kontos, too.
The second mound visit meant that, by rule, Kontos had to leave the game after completing that matchup, which ended with Murphy grounding out and advancing Young to third.
Bochy was forced to bring in left-hander Javier Lopez with David Wright due up and two outs. Wright was intentionally walked. Brandon Crawford then committed the game-deciding error at shortstop on Anthony Recker’s two-out grounder.
Terry Collins called the botched pitching change a fortunate snafu in forcing Kontos’ departure.
JV-1? Collins said he was prepared to use Jordany Valdespin on the mound had the game not been completed in the 16th with Bobby Parnell earning the save. Enough said.
Extra, extra! The Mets have now played five games lasting 15 or more innings this season. That already ties the franchise record, established in 1968. And there still are 76 more games to go this season.
The AT&T Park public-address announcer at one point told fans to head for the last ferry to Oakland if they needed that transportation, since it was shutting down before the game ended. Later, she announced the BART metro system also was poised to shut down, so fans relying on that service ought to head for the gates.
Giveth and taketh away: It was Crawford, the Giants shortstop, who sent the game into extra innings and also prolonged it.
Mired in a 1-for-30 slump, Crawford’s RBI single against Matt Harvey in the seventh evened the score at 3. Crawford then had a stellar diving play to his right and throw to first to retire Marlon Byrd and strand the go-ahead run at third base and end the top of the 11th.
Crawford’s two-out error in the 16th ultimately proved the difference.
Honorable mention: On Young's sixth-inning triple, the Ball Dude down the left-field line ended up in the field of play, having to duck to avoid obstructing the return throw to the infield.