Anyone who follows the Giants knows it hasn’t exactly been the best season for the orange and black in 2017. Multiple players have under-performed, gotten injured, or in some cases, both. After an okay start to the road trip in Los Angeles, the Giants completely cratered in Cincinnati and the first two games in New York. After being swept by the Reds, the team bus carrying the Giants broke down, creating the perfect metaphor for the season. In New York, the Giants were able to go up in the first inning on Monday night, just to eventually see the Mets walk off. Yesterday, the Mets got to Jeff Samardzija and tagged him for 4 of their 5 runs in the first inning. The only two hits the Giants were able to muster was a home run by Buster Posey and an excuse me single from Samardzija.
Today, it started off looking like more of the same. After the Giants were retired easily by struggling pitcher Tommy Milone, Matt Cain walked 2 Mets in the bottom half before surrendering a single that would allow a run to score and the Giants were down 1-0. Buster Posey led off the 2nd with his 3rd home run is as many games and tied the score. That wouldn’t last long as Jay Bruce left the yard in the bottom of the 3rd, giving the lead back to the Mets at 2-1. Then in the bottom of the 4th, Mets pitcher Tommy Milone helped out his own cause by singling into right field, allowing Curtis Granderson to score and upping the Mets lead to 3-1.
The Giants would answer in the 6th when Justin Ruggiano hit a sacrifice fly to right field, which drove in Posey and the Giants were back within one.
The scoring would then stop until the 9th, when the Giants faced Mets closer Jeurys Familia for the third day in a row. After Joe Panik and Eduardo Nunez had reached base, Hunter Pence lined a ball into left which allowed Panik to score and tied the game at 3. Then Posey was walked, which loaded the bases for rookie Christian Arroyo. After NBC Sports Bay Area flashed a graphic noting the Giants had not won a game in which they’d trailed after the 8th since May of 2015 (134 consecutive losses), Arroyo drilled the 2nd pitch he saw to left center for a bases clearing double, and the Giants were up 6-3.
Since it’s 2017, everyone knew it wouldn’t be easy for the Giants when Derek Law came in to try to pick up the save in the bottom half. Sure enough, after T.J. Rivera and Neil Walker reached base, Wilmer Flores doubled, allowing them both to score, and making it 6-5, with the tying run at 2nd. Luckily, with 2 outs, Kevin Plawecki grounded out, and the Giants escaped New York with a win.
They now return home to face the Cincinnati Reds and hopefully return the favor of a sweep the Reds gave them in Ohio over the weekend.