The Giants beat the Mets Friday night, 1-0, in another extra innings pitching duel. This time, between Tyler Beede and Jacob deGrom, who made Thursday night’s 16-inning standoff look like a high scoring affair. The game ended because of a defensive error in the tenth that allowed the hero of this Giants’ recent run of success. Alex Dickerson, to score from first after walking to start the inning.
deGrom, the reigning Cy Young Award winner, pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and three walks and striking out 10, for his sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season. deGrom was pulled after 108 pitches
Beede had him beat, however, pitching eight shutout innings and allowing only three hits and one walk with five strikeouts with an incredibly efficient 88 pitches. It was Beede’s longest outing both of the season and his career, and he received a standing ovation when he left the field after the top of the eighth.
Unfortunately, neither team was able to reward the excellent work of their starting pitcher with a run, and both left the game with no decision.
The Giants made some noise in the bottom of the sixth, after a leadoff single from Beede. And in a cruel metaphor for the overall offense of the game, Brandon Belt immediately hit into a fielder’s choice, erasing Beede’s hit. Austin Slater walked after a ten-pitch at bat, helping to speed up deGrom’s removal from the game. But, even with just one out and a runner in scoring position, the Giants weren’t able to do any damage, with Pablo Sandoval and Stephen Vogt striking out to end the inning.
So it went again in the seventh, where excellent defense by the Mets kept the game scoreless again. Brandon Crawford drew a leadoff walk, with Mike Yastrzemski going for a sac bunt that was played fantastically by catcher Wilson Ramos for the out at first, allowing Crawford to advance. Kevin Pillar hit a liner that looked like it was going to drop, but it was ultimately caught by a leaping Jeff McNeil to rob him of a hit that might have scored Crawford (“might” might be doing a lot of work here).
Will Smith took over in the ninth inning, facing the reigning Home Run Derby champion, Pete Alonso, who ended up striking out for the third time in the game. Smith saw three batters and got them all, which was nice change from last night’s stressful tenth inning.
Vogt led off the ninth inning with a four-pitch walk, given up by Jacob Rhame, who sat out of last night’s game due to a suspension. Crawford hit a very long fly ball that had even the broadcasters fooled for most of its ride that eventually ended in the glove of Michael Conforto. Yastrzemski flied out as well, leaving it up to Pillar to keep the game from going to extra innings for the second night in a row. Pillar walked, moving Vogt into scoring position with two outs, but Joe Panik wasn’t able to get it done and the game went to extra innings for the second night in a row.
Alex Dickerson, who was scheduled for a night off, led off the tenth inning with a pinch-hit five pitch walk. Belt and Slater struck out, leaving it up to Sandoval, who looked like he was about to fly out to send the game to the 11th inning. And that’s where the magic happened.
Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario raced in for what should have been a routine catch, and it looked like Smith called off Rosario, only to MISS it! Dickerson gunned it and got the go-ahead at third base, where he beat a throw that went a mile wide of the plate to walk off for the second night in a row.
With that error by the Mets, the Giants continue to be the best team in baseball in the month of July. They have now won nine of their last 10 games, with a 13-2 record in July as they moved themselves up to a .500 record. A month ago, that would have seemed unfathomable and yet somehow, here we are. The team sits two games back from the three-way tie that is the second wild card spot and they’re looking to overtake the Diamondbacks to steal their position in the scrum and take second in the division (meaningless, sure, but it still looks a whole lot better than sitting at the bottom.)
What a time to be a Giants fan.