July 10, 2013: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Giants

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Date: July 10, 2013
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 7
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Key player(s): John Buck, Marlon Byrd, Zack Wheeler
Key play: Buck’s two-run single, Byrd’s home run, Wheeler’s double

The Mets faced the Giants on a Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 7-2 win.

Eric Young drew a walk against Giants’ starter Matt Cain to lead off the top of the first inning. Young stole second base and advanced to third on catcher Buster Posey’s throwing error. Daniel Murphy singled to score Young and a pop-up by David Wright was caught by second baseman Tony Abreu. Ike Davis walked and Marlon Byrd went down on strikes. Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew a walk to load the bases and John Buck singled to drive home Murphy and Davis for a 3-0 Mets lead. San Francisco reliever Mike Kickham retired Omar Quintanilla on a fly ball to right fielder Hunter Pence to end the inning. For the Mets, Zack Wheeler then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Wheeler and Kickham each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Davis hit a two-out single in the top of the fifth. Byrd followed with a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Nieuwenhuis grounded out to first baseman Brandon Belt to end the inning and Wheeler shut down the Giants in the bottom half. Buck doubled to lead off the top of the sixth. Quintanilla was struck out and Wheeler hit a double to drive home Buck. Zack moved to third base on Young’s ground out to shortstop Brandon Crawford and scored the seventh New York run on a double by Murphy. Kickham issued an intentional walk to Wright and retired Davis on an inning-ending ground ball to Belt. Wheeler then yielded just a single to Kensuke Tanaka in the bottom half.

Giants’ reliever George Kontos hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Belt drew a walk with one out in the bottom of the inning. Abreu grounded out to second baseman Murphy and a single by Crawford brought home Belt with the first San Francisco run of the game. Wheeler threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Nick Noonan to close out the inning and the Giants’ Jeremy Affeldt retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Josh Edgin then gave up only a single to Posey in the bottom half.

San Francisco’s Javier Lopez pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. New York’s LaTroy Hawkins retired Pence on a grounder back to the mound to open the bottom of the inning. Belt belted a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Abreu. Crawford followed with a single to center field. Pinch-hitter Marco Scutaro then grounded back to Hawkins for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the series.