Giants meet the Mets and get tamed again 11-4 this time at AT&T; Blach shelled in home return

June 23, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) is held on first base during the first inning of a MLB baseball game between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants on ”Orange Friday” at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. Valerie Shoaps/CSM (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-After a 1-7 road trip, you would think that the San Francisco Giants would be happy to return home; however, that did not happen.

Ty Blach lasted just three innings, allowing seven runs on 11 hits, walking one and not a striking out a batter and the New York Mets defeated the Giants 11-4 before a sellout crowd of 41,769, the 522nd consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

Seth Lugo went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, while walking four and striking out three on his way to second win of the season.

The Mets broke the game wide open in the top of the second inning, as they sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs on eight hits. Five of the eight hits in the inning were doubles, and a long two-run home run by Yoenis Cespedes.

Lugo helped out his own cause, as he drove in the eventual game-winning run with a double off of Blach that drove in Travis d’Arnaud, who led off the inning with a double of his own.

After the Lugo double, it was all downhill for Blach and the Giants.

Asdrubal Cabrera, who was moved to second base by manager Terry Collins and demanded a trade before the game, singled with two outs and then Cespedes hit a two-run home run into the left-center field bleachers.

Cespedes circled the bases in 28 seconds, and this came just days after Cespedes and Wilmer Flores spoke to Yaisel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers after Puig took over 32 seconds to circle the bases after a home run at Dodger Stadium earlier this week.

Following the Cespedes home run, Flores, Michael Conforto and d’Arnaud each hit doubles to extend the lead for the Mets up to six runs.

It was a big night for Cespedes, who ended the night just a triple shy of the cycle, as he went 3-for-5 against Giants pitching.

The Mets took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as Flores singled in Curtis Granderson from third base. Granderson led off the game with a single off of Blach.

That would be the lead for a half-inning, as Denard Span led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, and scored three batters later, when Brandon Belt doubled to right field to score Span.

Despite trailing 10-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Giants attempted to get back into the game, as they scored three runs to get within six runs of the Mets.

Brandon Crawford hit a sacrifice fly to Joe Panik, who singled with one out in the inning; however, the big hit came off the bat of Gorkys Hernandez, who singled in Brandon Belt and Austin Slater.

Lucas Duda added a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to close out the scoring for the Mets.

NOTES: Johnny Cueto takes the mound on Saturday afternoon for the Giants, as he looks for his sixth win of the season, while the Mets will send Jacob deGrom to the hill.

Prior to the game, the Giants added two players to their roster, sent one down and designated another.

Eduardo Nunez was placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Tuesday) with a strained left hamstring. To replace Nunez on the roster, Conor Gillaspie returned to action after missing time due to a back injury.

Left-handed reliever Josh Osich was recalled from Sacramento, and to make room for Okert, the Giants designated Bryan Morris for assignment.

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