Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Giants 8, Mets 5
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- Let’s just say the San Francisco Giants got the better end of the trade in which they acquired Angel Pagan for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez.
The ex-Met Pagan delivered a tiebreaking solo homer against Sean Henn in the seventh inning, then produced a run-scoring triple an inning later against Gonzalez Germen.
The Giants ultimately beat the Mets 8-5 on Tuesday at Citi Field.
Pagan finished 3-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. He fell a double shy of the cycle.
Trailing by four runs, the Mets loaded the bases in the ninth and Daniel Murphy delivered an RBI single with one out against Sergio Romo. But Lucas Duda popped out, and Andrew Brown flied out to end it.
Wild thing: Zack Wheeler experienced a fit of wildness in what was likely his second-to-last start of the season.
Facing his former organization, Wheeler departed after five innings with the score tied at 4 and his pitch count at 107. He allowed only three hits but walked a career-high six, matching the most bases on balls by a Mets starter this season.
Mets pitchers combined to walk a season-high 10 batters.
Wheeler now has logged 168 2/3 innings this season between the majors and minors.
On July 10 in San Francisco, in his first-ever meeting against the team that traded him for Carlos Beltran two years ago, Wheeler had limited the Giants to one run on three hits and three walks in seven innings.
Ouch: Travis d’Arnaud departed the game after three innings with what the Mets labeled a sore right shoulder. D’Arnaud had taken a foul tip off the shoulder.
Welcome back: Jeurys Familia handled the ninth inning in his first major league action since May 8, before surgery to clean out his right elbow. Familia allowed the first three baserunners to reach. He eventually surrendered two hits and two walks while recording only one out. He surrendered one run and departed with the bases loaded but suffered no additional damage to his ERA.
Welcome back 2: Making his second career appearance and first start against his original organization, ex-Mets farmhand Yusmeiro Petit allowed four runs in six innings and earned the victory.
Petit was traded by the Mets to the Marlins during the 2005-06 offseason with Mike Jacobs for Carlos Delgado.
What’s next: Aaron Harang, who allowed three solo homers but no other damage in six innings against the Washington Nationals in his Mets debut, makes his second start with the ballclub. Harang (5-12, 5.70 ERA overall) opposes right-hander Matt Cain (8-9, 4.24) at 7:10 p.m. ET Wednesday.