Thursday, September 19, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Giants 2, Mets 1
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- Jonathon Niese lost an old-fashioned pitchers' duel against fellow southpaw Madison Bumgarner on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.
Final score: San Francisco Giants 2, Mets 1.
A day after scoring four ninth-inning runs for a walk-off win, the Mets again threatened in the ninth. This time, pinch hitter Matt den Dekker walked to lead off and advanced to second on a bunt. But den Dekker was stranded there. Lucas Duda flied out and Anthony Recker struck out to end it.
The Mets nonetheless won the season series from the Giants, four games to two.
Niese surrendered two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four. He departed trailing 2-1 for pinch hitter Zach Lutz in the bottom of the seventh after Omar Quintanilla blooped a two-out single into shallow left field.
Lutz walked, pushing the potential tying run to second base, but Bumgarner retired Eric Young Jr. on a groundout to shortstop to end the threat.
An inning earlier, the Mets similarly could not capitalize on an opportunity. With runners on the corners and two outs in the sixth against Bumgarner, Wilmer Flores’ hard-hit grounder back up the middle kicked off the pitcher's leg and directly to first baseman Buster Posey for the inning’s final out.
Bumgarner finished with 10 strikeouts in seven innings. He became the seventh pitcher this season with a double-digit strikeout performance against the Mets. He joined Chris Sale (13), Scott Kazmir (12), Max Scherzer (11), Tim Lincecum (11), Shelby Miller (10) and Mike Minor (10).
The Mets' lone run came on Daniel Murphy's fourth-inning single, which plated Josh Satin, who had doubled. The Amazin's had only two other hits the entire game.
Turner sighting: Justin Turner was on deck when the final out was made. It would have marked his first appearance since suffering a hamstring strain on Sept. 10.
What’s next: Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12 ERA) opposes left-hander Cole Hamels (8-13, 3.48) as the Mets open a three-game weekend series at Philadelphia at 7:05 p.m. ET Friday. David Wright is expected to be in the lineup for the first time since straining his right hamstring on Aug. 2.