A return to New York got the San Francisco Giants back to their roots on Monday, not only winning in their old home, but doing it in extra innings with a little luck. A two-out error in the top of the 13th gave the Giants a 2-1 over the New York Mets, snapping a four-game losing streak.
To even have a chance in the 13th required some luck, as Zack Wheeler — a former farmhand who the Giants dealt to the Mets for Carlos Beltran at the 2011 trade deadline — struck out 10 over seven innings. Only a bloop double by Alen Hanson with two outs in the top of the seventh — one that stayed just fair — got San Francisco (62-64) on the board to tie the game.
Wheeler allowed just one walk and five hits over his seven frames, and the only jam he encountered before the seventh was in the fifth, when Brandon Belt singled and Evan Longoria doubled to start the frame. Wheeler buckled down and struck out Steven Duggar, Hanson and Derek Holland to escape unscathed.
Holland allowed just one run as well, though he did need 102 pitches to make it through five-plus innings. A first-inning double by Wilmer Flores would be the only run New York (54-70) would get, as the sleep-deprived and injury-depleted Mets could do very little after the opening frame. Having played in Sunday night’s Little League Classic, New York took a late flight home from central Pennsylvania.
A Flores single and Todd Frazier walk started the sixth and chased Holland, but Sam Dyson came in and got a bit of revenge on Jose Bautista, who hit an iconic homer off of Dyson in the 2015 ALDS when Dyson pitched for the Texas Rangers. This time, there would be no bat flip, as Bautista grounded into a first-pitch double play.
From the time Hanson’s bloop tied the game in the seventh until the fateful error in the 13th, no runs would score. A Brandon Crawford single would put men on the corners with two outs in the 11th, but left-hander Daniel Zamora, called up last week, struck out Belt to end the threat.
Flores’ third hit of the night and a Bautista walk put two men on with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but Jose Reyes’ line drive was smoked right at Crawford to end the inning and bail out Reyes Moronta.
Derek Law got out of a jam in the 12th by getting Austin Jackson to pop out after issuing a pair of two-out walks. The winning run came on an error that would exemplify the Mets’ futility.
Chase d’Arnaud singled to open the 13th against Tyler Bashlor, in his second inning of work, and would advance to second on Bashlor’s pickoff error and got to third on a wild pitch. Andrew McCutchen would walk, but Bashlor got Joe Panik to pop out. Buster Posey’s grounder to Flores led to d’Arnaud being tagged out at the plate, leaving it up to Crawford. He hit a pop-up to left-center that should have ended the inning, but shortstop Amed Rosario and left fielder Dominic Smith, a first baseman by trade, crashed into each other, letting the ball drop to give the Giants the lead. Smith was charged with the error.
Law would take care of the bottom of the 13th in order to finish things after four hours and 20 minutes, with last night’s starter, Jason Vargas, pinch-hitting and flying out to end the game as the Mets had used all their position players.