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Final Score: Giants 3, Mets 2 — Thrown for a Loup

Luis Rojas makes a controversial pitching change, Aaron Loup falters for the first time in forever, and the Mets offense hit into a ton of double plays in the loss.

San Francisco Giants v New York Mets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Taijuan Walker was good in this one, though the Mets still fell to the Giants 3-2 in Queens. Perfect through three, his first blemish came off the bat of Kris Bryant in the fourth inning, when he tattooed a ball into the left field seats to put the Giants ahead 1-0. The Mets got the run back quickly, when Bryant threw away an easy out with the bases loaded with Pete Alonso jogging down the line. A double off the bat of Michael Conforto to lead off the sixth, and a following double by Dominic Smith, put the Mets ahead 2-1. The offense was largely stagnant outside of that, getting men on throughout the game but hitting into five double plays.

The big moment of the game came in the seventh inning. Walker allowed two extremely cheap hits to lead off the frame, and was pulled for Aaron Loup at 74 pitches. Loup, who has been excellent, immediately surrendered his first extra base hit to a lefty all year, a double off the bat of Brandon Crawford, scoring two to put the Mets down 3-2.

The Mets rallied in the ninth, with Villar singling with one out and Brandon Drury reaching on an error where two outfielders decided not to call a ball and bumped into one another. Francisco Lindor, who entered the game as a pinch hitter and stayed in at shortstop, popped out on the first pitch, and Brandon Nimmo walked to load the bases. Alonso came up and had a long at bat, fouling off pitch after pitch, before popping out to second base, dropping the game and the series.

Full recap to follow.

GameThread Roll Call

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  5. IPA: 44
  6. The Glider: 44
  7. NetsNewark: 39
  8. stickguy: 29
  9. painiac: 25
  10. Stengelese: 23