The Mets’ playoff run, and improbable season, came to an abrupt end after Conor Gillaspie hit a home run in the ninth inning off Jeurys Familia to give the Giants the 3-0 lead that would propel them to victory.
Madison Bumgarner was again untouchable in the playoffs, but for seven innings Noah Syndergaard matched up well against the dominant lefty. Syndergaard was everything the Mets could have hoped for, and did not give up a hit until the sixth inning. He allowed a well-struck ball to Brandon Belt that inning as well, but Curtis Granderson made a spectacular catch running into the wall in center field to end the inning.
Syndergaard has nothing to be ashamed of, he was simply sensational in this game. The 24-year-old pitched seven shutout innings, gave up two hits, and struck out ten. Unfortunately, the offense just could not come up with the big hit against Bumgarner and the bullpen found itself in one too many jams.
Addison Reed pitched his way out of a bases-loaded situation in the eighth, but Familia was erratic from the start in the ninth, and eventually gave up the game-winning home run.
This season for sure had its peaks and valleys and that was again on full display tonight. It was on a much smaller scale, but all of the emotions and all of the stress and agita that comes with it. The Mets were in it until the ninth. They fought and battled like they did all season, and soon spring will come again, and all the hope that blooms within it.
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