New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrate a force out at second base to end the side, during a MLB baseball game between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants on ”Giants Retro Bobblehead Day” at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. Valerie Shoaps/CSM (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
By Jeremy Kahn
SAN FRANCISCO-With just one swing of the bat, Jay Bruce gave the New York Mets the lead that would not give up and sent the San Francisco Giants to another loss.
Bruce hit a seeing eye single just out of the reach of Joe Panik in the top of the eighth inning, helping the Mets to a 5-2 victory over the Giants before a crowd of 41,216, the 523rd consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.
Curtis Granderson led off the inning with a triple into the right-center field alley, then Asdrubal Cabrera walked off of San Dyson. With the dangerous Yoenis Cespedes at the plate, anything could have happened; however, Dyson was able to strikeout Cespedes for the first out of the inning.
That would be the end of the line for Dyson, as Stephen Okert came onto to face Bruce and he promptly put the ball just out of reach giving the Mets the lead for good.
After a Lucas Duda strikeout, Okert was replaced by George Kontos, who gave up a double by Wilmer Flores, that just inside the right field line and scored Cabrera with a huge insurance run.
The Giants looked listless against Mets starter Jacob deGrom, as they were able to get just three hits off the right-hander until Brandon Belt hit a opposite field home run off of deGrom, leading off the bottom of the seventh inning.
In all, deGrom, went eight innings, allowing one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out seven on his way to his seventh win of the season.
deGrom was amazing all day for the Mets, as he was able to get the first Giants out in order until Austin Slater singled off of deGrom with one out in the bottom of the third inning.
Following a Buster Posey single in the bottom of the fourth inning, only two batters were able to get hits of deGrom, as Hunter Pence singled off of deGrom in the bottom of the sixth and Belt’s solo home run that tied up the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Flores gave the Mets 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, as he hit a Johnny Cueto offering and put it into the left field seats for his seventh home run of the season.
Despite allowing the solo home run to Flores, Cueto settled down to go seven innings, allowing just that one run, while allowing five runs, walking three and striking out three, as he did not fare in the decision.
The Mets added another two runs in the top of the ninth inning, as Jose Reyes tripled off of Kyle Crick to lead-off the inning and then he scored on a Michael Conforto pinch hit single. With Cespedes at the plate, Crick unleashed a wild pitch that scored Conforto from third base.
After giving up two runs in the top of the ninth, the Giants would not go away, as after a Pence groundout to lead-off the inning, Buster Posey singled and it looked like the Mets turned a game-ending double play, Belt was called safe, as he beat the throw from second base.
Belt then went to second on defensive indifference, and then scored easily, as Brandon Crawford singled; however, Ryder Jones, who was making his making his major-league debut grounded out to end the game.
NOTES: Matt Moore looks to salvage the series, as he takes the mound on Sunday afternoon for the Giants, while Rafael Montero takes the mound in search of his first win of the season for the Mets.
With the purchase of Jones’ contract from Sacramento, the Giants designated Aaron Hill for assignment.
Madison Bumgarner threw a simulated game, where he threw 45 pitches in two innings of works at the Giants’ Arizona complex in Scottsdale. Bumgarner will throw three innings on Sunday for the Giants rookie ball club in Arizona. If everything goes well in Arizona, he could make a rehab start for Sacramento or San Jose.
The 20 hits by the Mets on Friday night tied a season high. This was the third time this season that the Mets picked up 20 hits or more in the same game. They are one of only two teams to have three 20 or more hit games. The Nationals are the only other team. The three 20 or more hit games tie a team record that was set in 1964 and 2015.