NEW YORK — Extra-inning games are often the best ones, with a little additional strategy, tense late-inning at-bats, and guys coming through in the clutch.
This ... this was the opposite of all that.
The Giants and Mets played flat baseball for more than four hours before the Giants won 2-1 on a dropped two-out pop-up in the top of the 13th. In many respects, this was one of their worst offensive performances of the season, but in the end they came through with a win, getting to 3-4 on this road trip.
Chase d'Arnaud got to third with no outs in the 13th on a single, error and wild pitch. The Giants did their best to let the opportunity slip away. Joe Panik popped up and Buster Posey hit a bouncer that led to d'Arnaud being thrown out at the plate. Brandon Crawford popped up to shallow left but Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith collided and Rosario dropped the ball. The go-ahead run scored.
Here's some of the earlier action ...
--- The top of the fifth was one of the low points of the season. Belt singled and Evan Longoria doubled to put two in scoring position with no outs. Zack Wheeler struck out Steven Duggar and Alen Hanson, and Derek Holland hit for himself. He struck out, too. Wheeler had 10 strikeouts, his first double-digit game in four years.
--- Derek Holland gave up one earned in five-plus innings. He’s had short starts for the most part since returning to the rotation, but he’s keeping the Giants in games. Holland left with two on and no outs, but Sam Dyson saved him with a double play.
--- Mark Melancon pitched two innings for the first time as a Giant and did well. He struck out three of the six batters he faced, getting the game to extra innings.
--- Austin Jackson made a diving catch in the second to rob Belt of a single to center. Yes, that Austin Jackson. The catch was better than any play he made in three-plus months with the Giants. Baseball is weird.
--- Wilmer Flores is still using the “Friends” theme song as his walk-up song. Strong move.