Giants beat Mets on goofy 13th-inning play

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NEW YORK — The ball went upward, and the Giants’ season was about to go additional downward.

Or so it appeared.

The Giants beat the Mets 2-1 in 13 innings Monday evening as a result of two New York defenders ran into one another on a seemingly routine pop-up in shallow left discipline.

“Not the way you draw it up,” stated Andrew McCutchen, who scored the deciding run in most uncommon trend, “but it worked out for us.”

With two outs within the prime of the 13th, when Brandon Crawford lifted Tyler Bashlor’s pitch into the sky over shortstop Amed Rosario and left fielder Dominic Smith, most Giants’ mind-sets transitioned to the underside of the 13th.

Manager Bruce Bochy turned to pitching coach Curt Young to start out speaking about bullpen technique.


Buster Posey rounded second figuring he’d head to the dugout and slip on his catcher’s gear.

Chase d’Arnaud took a number of steps towards his glove, considering he was about to expire to 3rd base.

McCutchen jogged dwelling from third however seemed over his left shoulder simply in case.



Just in case.

“You could see the play unfold as the ball hit its peak and was on its way down,” McCutchen stated. “You saw the left fielder come in hard, Rosario going back on it. You’re like, ‘Uh oh. This could happen.’”

It occurred. Smith, who spends most of his time as a primary baseman, didn’t understand he was being waved off by Rosario and ran into him, making Rosario drop the ball. Smith received the error, and the Giants received the final snigger.

“When they dropped it, I was two steps away from the plate and stepped on it really quick and laughed all the way to the dugout,” McCutchen stated. “Everybody’s eyes were as big as a big-eyed emoji on your phone. Everyone was pretty stunned. But anyone is going to be stunned when something like that happens.”

An elated Bochy tabled the bullpen discuss. A shocked Posey eased into third base — the catcher’s gear might wait. A relieved d’Arnaud partook within the dugout celebration.


And the Giants’ dropping streak ended at 4 video games, although they once more hit poorly with runners in scoring place: one hit in 12 at-bats. That counts Crawford’s game-deciding lazy fly that the Mets butchered.

“I’ll be honest, I missed it,” Bochy stated. “I assumed it was going to be caught. I turned around to talk with Curt about the bullpen. I heard yelling. That’s when I knew we scored.”


Bochy was going to inform Young to ensure pitcher Casey Kelly was getting unfastened. If the sport went deeper into the evening, Hunter Strickland would have gotten the 14th, Kelly would have gone from there. Kelly’s scheduled to start out Wednesday, however Ty Blach would have subbed.

Ultimately, none of that mattered. Derek Law, recalled early Monday from Triple-A Sacramento, closed out the win. He and 5 different relievers mixed for eight scoreless innings. Starter Derek Holland gave up one run in 5 innings.

“I can’t say the word I used,” stated Holland, describing his feelings on the Crawford pop-up. “It’s just crazy how it happened.”

Repeatedly, Giants hitters stranded runners on base. An exception got here within the seventh when Alen Hanson blooped an opposite-field double that scored Crawford.

Former Giants prospect Zack Wheeler, who had received his earlier six begins, struck out 10 over seven innings. Another Met with Giants ties, Austin Jackson, who appears to have been reborn in Queens, had a single in six at-bats and is hitting .361 along with his new workforce.

Jackson didn’t present a lot on the plate or within the discipline with the Giants this season. Not so with the Mets. In the second inning, he made a diving catch to rob Brandon Belt.

“It was good to get a break,” Bochy stated. “We had our struggles in pretty good situations where we just needed a groundball. We got a break. You take it. It’s a great feeling.”


John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s nationwide baseball author. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @JohnSheaHey

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