The New York Mets lost their fifth straight game Saturday night, losing 5-4 to the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Giants first baseman Michael Morse hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Mets closer Jenrry Mejia took the loss, dropping to 4-3 on the season, while Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt improved to 2-1. Giants centerfielder Angel Pagan was the star of the game going 3-5 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored.
When the game was over, the Mets announced that struggling rookie catcher Travis d’Arnaud was sent down to AAA Las Vegas and catcher Taylor Teagarden was recalled in his place. d’Arnaud was hitting just .180 with a .271 on base percentage and .273 slugging percentage this year, and had just three hits in 31 plate appearances since his recall from the disabled list on May 29th. Teagarden was hitting .279 with a .402 on base percentage and .548 slugging percentage this year for the Vegas 51’s. It is unknown when d’Arnaud will return.
After a scoreless first inning, the Mets struck first in the top of the second. First baseman Lucas Duda doubled off the wall in right field to lead off the inning. Shortstop Ruben Tejada then reached on an error by Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. Catcher Anthony Recker then grounded a ball between third and short and into left field for a base hit. Duda raced around third and scored to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead. The next batter was Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon who struck out swinging for the first out. Centerfielder Matt den Dekker then grounded into a fielder’s choice. Tejada advanced to third, Recker was out at second and den Dekker was safe at first. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then lined out to left to retire the side. The Giants failed to score in the bottom of the second.
Third baseman David Wright led off the top of the third with a single to left. Right fielder Curtis Granderson flied out to center. Chris Young blooped a single to right, moving Wright to third. Lucas Duda then launched a long single off the wall in right. Wright scored, and Young moved to third, making it 2-0 New York. Ruben Tejada followed with a walk to load the bases for Anthony Recker. Recker then blasted a ball off the wall in right. Young tagged up and scored, Duda advanced to third, and Recker to second. Tejada was stuck between second and third as was tagged for out number two. Colon struck out to retire the side with the Mets on top 3-0.
In the bottom of the third, Angel Pagan blooped a single to right center. Right fielder Hunter Pence then struck out looking. Catcher Buster Posey followed with a single to right. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval then flied out to left and Michael Morse was struck out looking to end the inning. Neither team scored in the fourth inning.
Leading off the fifth, Chris Young singled to left and immediately stole second. Lucas Duda then followed with a walk. Ruben Tejada grounded into a fielder’s choice. Duda was forced out at second, but Tejada was safe at first. Anthony Recker and Bartolo Colon each then struck out swinging and the side was retired.
Outfielder Gregor Blanco pinch-hit for Giants starter Tim Hudson to start the bottom of the fourth and singled to right. Angel Pagan then singled to left, and Hunter Pence followed with a walk. Buster Posey then grounded into a double play. Pence was forced out at second and Posey was out at first. But Blanco scored to put the Giants on the board, 3-1 Mets. Pablo Sandoval flied out to left to end the inning.
George Kontos entered in relief of Giants starter Tim Hudson in the top of the six and immediately walked Matt den Dekker. Daniel Murphy then singled to right moving den Dekker to third. Murphy then stole second to put both runners in scoring position. Kontos then uncorked a wild pitch, scoring den Dekker to extend the Mets lead to 4-1. Murphy advanced to third on the play. David Wright then struck out looking, Curtis Granderson struck out swinging, and Chris Young flied out to right to retire the side.
Michael Morse led off the bottom of the sixth with a ground out to short. Left fielder Tyler Colvin then struck out swinging. Brandon Crawford then blooped a single to right-center. Second baseman Brandon Hicks then grounded a ball to third. David Wright threw but pulled Daniel Murphy off the second base bag and everyone was safe. Catcher Hector Sanchez then pinch-hit for Kontos and walked to load the bases. Angel Pagan then blooped a single into left field scoring both Crawford and Hicks to bring the Giants to within a run with the Mets leading 4-3. That would be it for Bartolo Colon and in came flame-throwing right-hander Jeurys Familia as part of a double switch. Bobby Abreu came in to play right field and Granderson shifted over to left. Hunter Pence then reached on an infield single to short to load the bases. Buster Posey then struck out to end the inning. Both teams failed to bring in a run for the next two innings, and the Mets did not score in the top of the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth Jenrry Mejia entered to shut the door on the Giants. Angel Pagan struck out swinging to lead off but the ball got away from catcher Anthony Recker and Pagan was safe at first. Hunter Pence then doubled to left, and Pagan scored to tie the game 4-4. Buster Posey then flied out to right but Pence moved over to third. Pablo Sandoval was intentionally walked but Michael Morse singled to right, scoring Pence to win the game for the Giants 5-4.
The Mets try to avoid back-to-back sweeps when Zack Wheeler takes the mound against Tim Lincecum tomorrow afternoon.
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