Thursday, December 01, 2022

Mets lose 13-12 to Giants after crazy back-and-forth game at Oracle Park

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San Francisco – The Mets did. He had everyone’s blood pressure up, rallied late and was on his way to another series win. Then the bullpen blew it away.

Edwin Diaz conceded two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning when the Mets had taken the lead in the top half, and the Amazons lost to the Giants, 13–12, in a wild game at Oracle Park.

Even Diaz saw a bright side in the defeat, scoring 15 runs in the last three innings.

“We didn’t give up,” he said. “We’ve come from behind.”

Down six runs with nine outs, the Mets wrapped up their deficit in the seventh with a two-run Francisco Lindor home run. But he was just setting the table for theatrics coming in eighth. The Mets poured it in with their 2022 specialty of grit, hustle and short ball to mount a seven-run rally and complete another impossible comeback.

But his three-run lead was quickly erased in the bottom of the eighth when Drew Smith conceded a three-run home run to Jock Pedersen, his third dinger of the night. Adam Ottavino, the third Mets reliever of the eighth, was able to tie the game with a strikeout to end the frame – another late push for the Mets offense.

Dominic Smith led ninth with a triple to right-center field and was replaced by pinch-runner Travis Jankowski. Moments later, Brandon Nimmo launched a sacrificial fly to left field as Jankowski tagged third, sprinted 90 feet and scored a run forward to lead. But, once again, this was not enough.

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To make every second of the innings late on Tuesday grow more hair, Diaz blew up his saving opportunity at the bottom of the ninth inning. After Pedersen tied the game with a single, Brandon Crawford threw a game-winning hit into left field. There wasn’t a very close play at the plate, but the Giants were on the field after a safe call.

Although the Mets put the rest of the league on notice with another late-game return, the Giants went on as winners to give the Amazons a taste of their medicine. The back-and-forth game was a brave, fighting effort from the Mets. But even for them, it just wasn’t enough after their opening pitcher sank into the opening hole.

Asked if he had to do anything to make sure his players didn’t get “too low” after such a loss, manager Buck Showalter said, “Too low? No, not this group.”

Chris Bassett struggled to zero in on his second straight start against the Giants. He allowed three home runs, the most he scored in a single start, which included two long deliveries to Jock Pedersen. His last line – eight runs off eight hits and three runs in 4.1 innings and 92 pitches – was as disappointing as he came.

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Before Tuesday, Bassett’s most disastrous outing of the year had happened just a month earlier, also against the Giants. The right-hander allowed San Francisco five earned runs on eight hits on April 20 at Citi Field. Bassit has handed over 13 earned runs to the Giants in the two opening matches against them this year.

Bassett’s worst and shortest outing of the season came in the middle of starting with spot depth arms. After David Peterson completed Monday’s call-up assignment, allowing two runs from six innings in a win against the Giants, the Mets needed to eat Bassit the innings and pitch well before another spot starter Thomas Szapucci, unofficially, will take over the hill on Wednesday. But the points of command and release of Basit were all over the place on Tuesday.

Bassitt had an off-knight, it was clear well before he was removed from the game, it was reasonable to question why Showalter had left him on the mound for so long, once again a two-run shot, Pedersen To give one more home run.


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