Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The New York Mets lose both ends of a doubleheader to the San Francisco Giants

The New York Mets lost both ends of a doubleheader to the San Francisco Giants on Monday evening and night. They lost the first game by the score of 6-1 and the second game 7-2. Miguel Batista started game one and didn’t pitch well, Dillon Gee started game two and didn’t pitch well. The bullpen did pitch well in both games. In game one the offense saw Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Daniel Murphy get two hits. In the second game no player had more then a hit. Tim Lincecum was wild in game one, walking five batters and only lasting five innings. The Mets couldn’t take advantage of it though. In the second game Madison Bumgarner pitched well. 
In game one Batista pitched 3 2/3 innings giving up seven hits and six runs with three of them being earned. He walked three and struck out two. Batista picked up his first loss of the season, Manny Acosta faced one batter and retired him and Jeremy Hefner making his major league debut pitched three innings giving up three hits. He walked a batter, Bobby Parnell pitched an inning giving up a hit and a walk and striking out one and Ramon Ramirez pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Lincecum got the win, his first of the year after two losses. Lincecum pitched five innings giving up four hits and one run with five walks and eight strikeouts. Guillermo Mota pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up two hits and he struck out two, Jeremy Affeldt pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up one hit and a walk and striking out two and Dan Otero pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one. In game two Gee suffered his second loss of the season pitching 6 2/3 innings giving up 12 hits and seven runs. He walked one and struck out five. Acosta and Parnell pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief giving up one hit and no runs with a walk and four strikeouts. Bumgarner picked up his third win of the season pitching seven innings giving up three hits and a run with two walks and four strikeouts. They used three pitchers out of the bullpen who gave up three hits and a run. They walked two and struck out one.

In game one Nieuwenhuis and Murphy each had two hits. Nieuwenhuis also drew a walk, David Wright drew a walk and Lucas Duda drew three walks. Josh Thole had a hit, Ruben Tejada had a hit and drew a walk and Mike Baxter had a hit and an RBI. Justin Turner had a hit. Baxter and Nieuwenhuis each had a double and the Mets were 1-8 with runners in scoring position leaving 12 men on base. Tejada had a stolen base, Davis had an error and Duda had an outfield assist.

In game two Tejada had a hit, Murphy had an RBI and drew a walk and Wright drew a walk. Bay had a hit and drew a walk, Baxter drew a walk and Turner had a hit and an RBI. Nieuwenhuis had a hit and Duda had two hits. Duda had a double, The Mets were 2-7 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

In the first game San Francisco scored two runs in the first and three in the third and they added their final run in the fourth inning. The Mets scored their only run in the second inning. Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Buster Posey hit a solo homerun. In the second Baxter hit an RBI double for the Mets. In the third Nate Schierholtz hit a three run homerun and it was 5-1 Giants. In the fourth the Giants would add another run to finish the scoring. Brandon Crawford hit an RBI double.

In the second game the Giants jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Sandoval hit a three run homerun. They added two more runs in the fourth to make it 5-0 before the Mets got a run back in the bottom of the fourth. Gregor Blanco hit a two run double for the Giants and Turner had an RBI single for the Mets. In the seventh Hector Sanchez hit a two run homerun to make it 7-1 Giants. The Mets scored the last run of the game in the eighth on a Murphy sacrifice fly.

The Mets are now 8-8 on the season and have won one of their last six games. The Giants are 9-7 on the season. The Mets welcome the Miami Marlins into town for the next three games. They will play Tuesday and Wednesday nights and Thursday afternoon. It will mark the return of Jose Reyes to New York. The Mets are planning on a little video tribute to him, I am sure the crowd will cheer him but we will see how it goes in Flushing Tuesday night.

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