San Francisco Giants
WHAT IT MEANS: Tim Lincecum limited the Mets to one run on four hits and four walks while striking out six in a 114-pitch effort over six innings as the Mets lost to San Francisco, 3-1, on Saturday night. The Amazin’s, at 46-44, moved a notch closer to becoming sellers, slipping 7½ games behind the wild-card-leading Atlanta Braves.
Scott Hairston, the hero of Friday's opener with a homer off Brian Wilson, struck out on three pitches as the potential tying run for the final out by Sergio Romo with Wilson unavailable after working the previous three days.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Chris Capuano could have used a little more help in the infield behind him -- or, at least, good fortune -- during a two-run, 25-pitch first inning by the Giants. In fact, all three San Francisco runs in the game came on attempted double-play turns, albeit challenging ones.
On a would-be double play on Miguel Tejada’s grounder, first baseman Lucas Duda could not scoop a throw after the initial out at second. Later, Ruben Tejada fielded Nate Schierholtz’s awkwardly spinning grounder, but missed a tag on Pat Burrell between first and second base, then was late on a desperation throw to first base as a run scored. On Aubrey Huff’s ensuing grounder to second base, the Justin Turner-to-Tejada-to-Duda combination was too slow to turn the DP as the Giants took a 2-0 lead.
Capuano did go on to retire 10 straight Giants, five via strikeout, before walking Lincecum to open fifth.
Both pitchers departed after six innings, with San Francisco holding a 2-1 lead.
The Mets’ lone run came on back-to-back two-out doubles by Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy in the first inning. Bobby Parnell surrendered a run in the seventh, also on an attempted double play.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez, who reportedly has switched agents to Scott Boras, did not appear in Saturday’s game. He remains at 34 games finished, on pace for 61. That’s six more than the threshold for his contract to kick in at $17.5 million for 2012.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets conclude the first half and a West Coast trip as Mike Pelfrey (5-7, 4.64 ERA) opposes All-Star Matt Cain (7-5, 3.22). The Amazin’s then reconvene for a 6 p.m. workout Thursday at Citi Field, on the eve of a weekend series against the Phillies.