September 18, 2013: Late Comeback Shocks Giants

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Date: September 18, 2013
Mets starter: Aaron Harang
Mets: 5
Giants: 4
Winning pitcher: Vic Black
Key player(s): Zach Lutz, Juan Centeno, Josh Satin
Key play: Lutz’s double, Centeno’s RBI single, Satin’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Giants on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets scored five runs in the eighth and ninth innings for a 5-4 come-from-behind win over San Francisco.

Aaron Harang and the Giants’ Matt Cain each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Angel Pagan singled with one out in the top of the third. Gregor Blanco followed with a home run for a 2-0 San Francisco lead. Brandon Belt singled and consecutive walks to Buster Posey and Hunter Pence loaded the bases. Harang got Pablo Sandoval on a ground ball to shortstop Ruben Tejada to end the inning and hit a one-out single in the bottom half. Eric Young hit a force play grounder to third baseman Sandoval and a single by Josh Satin ensued. Daniel Murphy then grounded back to Cain for the inning’s third out.

Brandon Crawford reached on third baseman Satin’s error to lead off the top of the fourth. Nick Noonan flied out to center fielder Juan Lagares and a single by Cain followed. Pagan was retired on a pop-up to Tejada. Blanco hit a fly ball that was dropped by right fielder Andrew Brown, allowing Crawford to come home with the Giants’ third run of the game. Harang struck out Belt to finish off the inning. Cain then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Harang hit Posey with a pitch to open the top of the fifth. Pence went down on strikes and Posey stole second base as Harang threw a called third strike past Sandoval. Crawford singled to score Posey and increase the San Francisco lead to 4-0. On his own hit, Crawford got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by second baseman Murphy to end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Juan Centeno singled for his first major league hit. Cain then got pinch-hitter Mike Baxter to foul out to catcher Posey and retired Young on a grounder to first baseman Belt to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres recorded four strikeouts in shutting down the Giants without a hit in the sixth and seventh. Cain responded with a pair of scoreless bottom halves and New York’s David Aardsma hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Matt den Dekker singled against Cain to begin the bottom half. Young went down on strikes and den Dekker stole second base. Matt advanced to third on Posey’s throwing error and scored the Mets’ first run on a sacrifice fly by Satin. Giants’ reliever Javier Lopez retired Murphy on an inning-ending ground ball to Belt. For the Mets, reliever Vic Black set down all three batters in the top of the ninth.

Brown drew a walk against San Francisco reliever Santiago Casilla to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Lucas Duda was struck out and Lagares drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Zach Lutz doubled off the Giants’ Sergio Romo to drive home Brown. Centeno followed with a single that scored Lagares and reduced the San Francisco lead to 4-3. Den Dekker walked to load the bases and pinch-hitter Omar Quintanilla flied out to right fielder Pence. Satin came to bat and delivered a single that plated Lutz and pinch-runner Anthony Recker with the tying and winning runs. The Mets had an exciting comeback victory.