Mets Game 109: Loss To Giants

Giants 5 Mets 1

There’s only so much Lucas Duda can do.

Mets Game Notes

Ryan Vogelsong no-hit the Mets through the first five frames, and Juan Lagares broke up the potential no-hitter with a single leading off the sixth. Vogelsong proceeded to shut out the Mets until Lucas Duda blasted a solo homer to lead off the 8th. And that, Mets fans, was the extent of the Mets offense as Vogelsong faced only 28 batters.

Meanwhile, the Giants were swinging like it might be the last game they ever played. It seemed as though manager Bruce Bochy threatened to feed them spoiled fish if they allowed, a pitch to go by without taking a hack. As a result, Jonathon Niese pitched into the 9th despite allowing 5 runs — he threw only 87 pitches.

One positive note: the game only lasted 2 hours, 6 minutes. Awesome. That’s how quickly games breezed by in the 1970s, from what I remembered as a kid. More of that, please, MLB — we have more to do with our lives than hang around watching a ballgame for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Hunter Pence at leadoff. Well OK. Perhaps that helps shorten games. Where’s Omar Moreno and Mickey Rivers?

Daniel Murphy dropped yet another relay throw from the outfield that might’ve made a difference in whether a run scored (Vogelsong was running). But, in the end it didn’t matter since the Mets only scored once.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Giants do it again at 7:10 PM, weather permitting. Jacob deGrom faces Jake Peavy.

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  1. Wohjr August 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm
    The dropped relays were mentioned on the radio broadcast. With some exasperation On Howies part I might add
  2. DaveSchneck August 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm
    Not to keep picking on the same issue or player, but I would love to know the percentage of relays that Mr. Murphy has dropped or airmailed wildly in an ill-advised manner. It has to be over 50%.
  3. James Preller August 2, 2014 at 12:31 pm
    Agreed on length of games. I watch plenty of baseball, but can’t sacrifice my life to long games, day after day. There’s too much living to do. I think I might relate to baseball best, most thoroughly, as a reader and writer. That is, reading is at the core of my love for the game, curiously. Anyway, great blog, always.