What began as a duel between Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner ended in another demoralizing loss for the New York Mets, who fell in extra innings to the San Francisco Giants. The game was tied until the tenth inning, when the Giants unloaded on Robert Gsellman and Hector Santiago.
Syndergaard allowed three earned runs on five hits over 6.2 innings, but was mostly strong in this one and was in line to win when he was removed by Mickey Callaway. Syndergaard allowed two runs in the fourth but otherwise kept the weak Giants’ lineup in check. The Mets finally broke through against Bumgarner in the sixth, as Pete Alonso led off the inning with a solo home run before Wilson Ramos contributed a two-run home run of his own to put the Mets ahead.
With two outs and a runner on first in the seventh, Callaway removed a visibly irate Syndergaard and replaced him with Seth Lugo, who promptly gave up a single to Evan Longoria and a double to Brandon Belt. The tying run scored on the latter play, although Jeff McNeil gunned down the go-ahead run at home on a relay throw from Michael Conforto.
It perhaps would’ve been better if the run had scored and the game had ended after nine, because once extra innings began, everything unraveled. Gsellman was throttled by the Giants and ended up allowing five earned runs on three hits while recording just one out. Santiago relieved Gsellman and allowed a run on two hits to put the game further out of reach. The Mets strung together two singles in the tenth, but it was far too late as they fell by a 9-3 score.
The highlight of tonight’s game was easily Ron Darling’s return to the SNY booth, and it was genuinely great to hear his voice again alongside Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez.
Full recap to follow.
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