Despite collecting three doubles and four walks off Tim Lincecum tonight, the Mets managed to push just one batter past second base all night — Carlos Beltran, who scored on Daniel Murphy's one-out single in the first — and dropped the second game of the series to the Giants, 3-1.
Chris Capuano pitched well enough to win on most other days, and while the four walks allowed are more than you'd like to see, both runs charged to his account scored on an infield grounders.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the first, Nate Schierholtz send a ground ball up the middle which might have been a double play given a different defensive alignment, became an infield single when Ruben Tejada was unable to tag Pat Burrell between first and second and fired to first too late to get Schierholtz. Miguel Tejada scored to knot the game at one.
The next batter, Aubrey Huff, bounced a 2-2 pitch to Justin Turner at second base. Turner quickly forced Schierholtz at second, but the return thrown from Tejada was a hair tardy and Huff was safe at first with Pablo Sandoval scoring on the fielder's choice.
The Mets' bats were mostly silent the rest of the way, meekly threatening a couple of times but ultimately failing to recreate the run-scoring magic from the first inning.
Mike Pelfrey and Matt Cain square off at 8:05 EDT tomorrow in the final game before the All-Star break.
Unintentionally sexual quote of the game: "The first time Capuano and Lincecum hooked up, Lincecum looked very vulnerable at first." --Gary Cohen (via @juliaaquadrinoo).
Big winners: Carlos Beltran, +11.7% WPA, Josh Thole, +3.8% WPA
Big losers: Jason Bay, -10.3% WPA, Angel Pagan, -9.6% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Murphy RBI double in first, +11.1% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Murphy GIDP in eighth, -11.8% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -4.9% WPA
Total batter WPA: -45.1% WPA
GWRBI!: Aubrey Huff
Nice job by BobbyV_Incognito; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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