The Mets sent Chris Capuano to the mound tonight and he was opposed by Giants Ace Tim Lincecum.
Carlos Beltran started the Mets off again with a double and was pushed home by cleanup hitter Dan Murphy. But the Giants struck right back scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the frame-it was the first time this season that Capuano allowed any runs in the first inning. Although he gave up two walks, it wasn’t that Capuano struggled in the first, by all means, he would’ve been out of the inning if it wasn’t for two misplayed double play balls by Ruben Tejada. When all was said and done, the Giants had a 2-1 lead and with Lincecum on the mound, it was an uphill battle for the Mets.
I coming up with my own reason why Tim Lincecum is called the Freak; he could strike out the side in between walking two batters. He could throw a strike down the middle after throwing a ball that the catcher barely caught. He’s a machine, but tonight, whether he was tired after throwing 114 pitches or resting for the All-Star game, Lincecum didn’t come out for the seventh inning. He did, however, leave with the lead.
Chris Capuano went 6 innings and allowed only two runs and again, gave the Mets a quality start and put the Mets in a position to win.
Hard throwing Bobby Parnell came in the seventh and was a victim of another bad double play attempt that brought in and insurance run for the Giants making the score 3-1.The Mets made the ninth inning interesting when Ruben Tejada drew a walk and Scott Hairston came to the plate as the tying run- but it didn’t happen tonight as Hairston struck out on three pitches.
Side Notes: Chris Capuano was real impressive tonight. You can make a case that the three failed double play attempts really caused the Mets to lose; however, the Mets couldn’t get that crucial two out hit that they’ve been getting lately.