New York-The San Francisco Giants have always been known for their power pitching over the last five years. Two of the team's signature arms, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, have struggled this season and been a big reason why the Giants won't go to the playoffs this winter. The Giants did, however, see Madison Bumgarner develop into a front line starter. The second year lefty made the All Star team this season and showed why he will be an ace for them today, striking out 10 over seven innings as the Giants defeated the New York Mets 2-1.
Bumgarner (13-9, 2.77 ERA) was fantastic for the Giants, allowing only one run on four hits over seven innings. Bumgarner made quick work of the Mets' lineup, toying with a lot of the team's overmatched young hitting. All the scoring for the game came in the fourth inning. San Francisco grabbed a 1-0 lead against Mets' starter Jon Niese (7-8, 3.81 ERA) when left fielder Juan Perez hit an RBI single to bring home Hector Sanchez. The Giants extended their lead to 2-0 when shortstop Ehire Adrianza grounded into a fielder's choice to bring home Joaquin Arias. Those would be the only two runs Niese allowed on the day. Niese went seven innings as well, allowing the two runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking two.
The Mets managed to scratch a run across in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Daniel Murphy hit an RBI single to bring in Josh Satin. Murphy's 71st RBI of the year cut the deficit to 2-1, but that would be as close as the Mets would come the entire afternoon. The Mets managed to get the tying run on base in the ninth, but Javier Lopez was able to slam the door and pick up his first save of the season for the Giants.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Giants' starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner dominated the Mets' lineup, allowing only one run over seven innings and striking out 10 Mets' batters.
Post Game Notes:
- The Mets only collected four hits on the day.
- Juan Perez collected three hits for the Giants, while second baseman Tony Abreu added two more.
- Even though the Giants won two out of three in this series, the Mets won the season series from the Giants four games to two.
- David Wright appears on track to be activated from the disabled list in time for tomorrow's series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. Wright has been sidelined since August 2nd with a hamstring injury.
- The Mets finished up their 11 game home stand with a record of 4-7.
The Mets will head out for their final road trip of the season following this afternoon's game. The Mets will take a short trip down I-95 to Philadelphia and begin a three game weekend set with the Phillies at Citizen's Bank Park. Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12 ERA) will be on the mound for the Mets while the Phillies will counter with lefty Cole Hamels (8-13, 3.48 ERA). First pitch for tomorrow night's game is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
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