By: Malaika Bobino
San Francisco, CA – It was an early night for many. For the first time in a long time, troubles fell heavily on the pitching. The Giants almost emptied their bullpen when ace pitcher Matt Cain ended his night after five innings. It was then up to the bullpen to stay in the game and that was a challenging task.
San Francisco fell 2-1 to the New York Mets. Definitely a rare occasion to watch a game in which the pitching is the problem. But the struggles began early when Ruben Tejada leadoff the game with a solo home run to start the first frame.
“We got shut down,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “We didn’t do much with the bats there and didn’t create a lot of chances either. You would think the way the game was going that we’d find a way to do it, but we couldn’t.
After striking out the second batter Cain surrendered a double and a walk. But was able to get out of the inning with only one run earned. Unfortunately, two costly errors from the defense loaded the bases with only one out in the second.
Third baseman Marco Scutaro moved in too close in the infield as Josh Thole knocked a single over his head. And short stop Joaquin Arias let a single from pitcher Jonathan Niese roll past him. Nonetheless, the Mets scored their second run on a fielder’s choice.
“I felt fine in the bullpen but when I got out there, things changed,” said Matt. “I battled myself the whole time. It was a constant struggle and a long five innings for me.”
The Mets stranded thirteen runners and had no success in many situations where they loaded the bases for the last three innings. The Giants defense was at it best but failed in producing any hits.
Thanks to Buster Posey San Francisco was able to cut the lead in half when Posey hit his fourteenth home run to left field. But that wasn’t enough due to the lack of runs scored from the offense. Niese did a good job holding the Giants scoreless until the sixth. He lasted seven innings, striking out five, walking two and allowing three hits.
“That’s a bad rule,” said manager Terry Collins on Josh Thole being ruled out. “Unless they put first base outside that line, that’s a bad rule. Because sooner or later, you’ve got to come inside that line or else your going to break your leg.”
New York loaded the bases in the eighth with no outs when a double play came into question. Thole grounded out to first baseman Brett Pill who threw to home plate for the out. Buster threw back to first for the second out which hit Josh on the back of the head.
The umpires ruled that Thole was running inside the base path, ruling an out that sent Jason Bay back to second for the two outs. This was a huge opportunity for San Francisco, though they still could not get any runners on base.
“It’s a tough one to lose because we were dogging bullets all night,” Bochy said. We were fortunate to be in that game.”