July 30, 2012: Mets Outlast Giants in 10 Innings

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Date: July 30, 2012
Mets starter: Jeremy Hefner
Mets: 8
Giants: 7
Winning pitcher: Josh Edgin
Key player(s): Scott Hairston, Justin Turner, Jason Bay, Rob Johnson
Key play: Hairston’s two homers, Turner’s double, Johnson’s bunt in 10th

The Mets faced the Giants on a Monday night in San Francisco. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. In 10 innings, the Mets came away with an exciting 8-7 win.

Jeremy Hefner and the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Bumgarner shut down the Mets in the top of the third and Brandon Belt singled to lead off the bottom half. Brandon Crawford flied out to center fielder Andres Torres and a single by Bumgarner advanced Belt to third base. Marco Scutaro hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Belt for a 1-0 San Francisco lead. Ryan Theriot followed with an infield single Hefner then retired Melky Cabrera on a ground ball to second baseman Ronny Cedeno that ended the inning.

David Wright singled to begin the top of the fourth. Scott Hairston hit a force play grounder to third baseman Scutaro and stole second base. Ike Davis went down on strikes and Jason Bay drew a walk. Cedeno doubled to score Hairston and Bay, putting the Mets ahead by a score of 2-1. Rob Johnson was walked intentionally and Bumgarner got Hefner on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Theriot. The Giants loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half. Hefner then fanned Bumgarner for the inning’s final out.

Bumgarner held the Mets to a single by Torres in the top of the fifth inning. A double by Scutaro began the bottom half. Scutaro moved to third base on Theriot’s sacrifice bunt and scored the tying run on a single by Cabrera. Buster Posey popped out to first baseman Davis and a fly ball by Angel Pagan was caught by right fielder Hairston to end the inning. Bumgarner then struck out the side in pitching a scoreless top of the sixth.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, Belt singled and went to third base on an ensuing single by Crawford. Pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff followed with a force play ground ball to Cedeno that plated Belt for a 3-2 Giants lead. Scutaro singled and Theriot hit a single to bring home pinch-runner Matt Cain with the fourth San Francisco run. Hefner was then replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Ramon Ramirez, who got Cabrera to fly out to Torres and finish off the inning.

Giants’ reliever Brad Penny hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Ramirez and the Mets’ Tim Byrdak combined for a scoreless bottom half. Pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin singled against San Francisco’s Sergio Romo to lead off the top of the eighth. Valdespin stole second base as Wright was struck out and Hairston slugged a two-run homer to tie the game. Davis was hit by a pitch and Bay followed with a force play grounder to Scutaro. Pinch-hitter Justin Turner doubled to drive home Bay and give the Mets a 5-4 lead. Johnson hit a single to score Turner with the sixth New York run of the game. Giants’ reliever Javier Lopez retired Daniel Murphy on a pop-up to shortstop Joaquin Arias to close out the inning. For the Mets, reliever Jon Rauch pitched a perfect bottom half.

Lopez set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. Cabrera singled against Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell to begin the bottom of the inning. Posey hit a double to drive home Cabrera and pinch-runner Eli Whiteside advanced to third base on Gregor Blanco’s ground out to second baseman Murphy. Against New York’s Josh Edgin, Nate Schierholtz reached on an error by Davis that allowed Whiteside to come home and tie the game at 6-6. Belt went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Justin Christian drew a walk. Arias hit a single to load the bases. Edgin then threw a called third strike past Scutaro to end the inning and send the game onward.

Leading off the top of the 10th, Hairston hit a home run (his second of the game) against San Francisco reliever Santiago Casilla. Davis was struck out and Bay drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Mike Baxter singled to send Bay to third base and Clay Hensley came in to pitch for the Giants. Johnson reached on a fielder’s choice bunt to score Bay for an 8-6 Mets lead. Murphy flied out to center fielder Blanco. Hensley then fanned Ruben Tejada to close out the inning.

Theriot drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Manny Acosta to lead off the bottom of the 10th. Cabrera flied out to center fielder Valdespin and a walk to Whiteside ensued. Blanco popped out to third baseman Wright and a single by Schierholtz drove home Theriot with the seventh San Francisco run. Acosta then retired Belt on a fly ball to Valdespin for the game’s final out. The Mets had a thrilling extra-inning victory.