Bad to worse: Giants fall short in New York on the Mets’ final at-bat

May 9, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

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By Morris Phillips

Bad to worse? For the Giants, yes.

An early lead squandered, a beatable opponent let off the hook, a pair of home runs wasted, and a ninth inning bullpen meltdown that’s all too familiar. That’s the list lowlighting the Giants’ 4-3 loss to the Mets, their fourth straight on an increasingly rough road trip.

That the Giants battled wasn’t surprising, blowout losses in Cincinnati over the weekend had manager Bruce Bochy checking his club for a pulse. But while the Giants competed at CitiField on Monday, their lack of offense again was their undoing. After Hunter Pence’s two-run homer opened the scoring in the top of the first, the Giants went the final eight innings with only one more run.

“We did some good things, we got the lead,” Bochy said. “We just couldn’t hold on.”

The meeting marked the rematch of last season’s NL Wild Card Game that went to the Giants, 3-0, when Conor Gillaspie homered late to break up a scoreless game. But this time both teams entered with poor, early season records and numerous, personnel issues.  Effort and attitude were issues for both clubs, but after Neil Walker, hitting .207, delivered the game-winning hit off Hunter Strickland, only the Mets could portray themselves in a better light.

“A lot of the young guys will look for body language, look for signs from guys.  When injuries happen or things happen like with Matt, they look for a deflated sign, and we don’t have that in here,” Walker said.

 

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