Mets’ Familia Blows 3-2 Ninth Inning Lead as Giants Beat Mets 6-5

Published on: 10th May, 2017

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Terry Collins, the Mets manager, has been around the block in the baseball wars. He’s managed 1883 games in the major leagues, with over a thousand of those (1005, to be exact) with the Mets, who he has led to the postseason the last two years.

 

Reyes led off today, stealing a base

 

But, Collins, 67-years old, is still capable of making rookie mistakes. And, today’s mistake opened the floodgates to a ninth inning, four-run San Francisco Giant comeback from a 3-2 deficit to defeat Mets closer, Jeurys Familia and the New Yorkers, 6-5. It ruined the Mets chance to sweep the struggling Giants in this three-game series and to move their record a game over .500 on “getaway day,” as they get ready to go on a road trip.

It’s always easy to second-guess a decision in hindsight but this one was easy.

The Mets played a solid, well-pitched, well-fielded game today, with the exception of the likable Wilmer Flores, at third base. Flores, who produced three hits (against righthanded pitchers) and two of the Mets’ RBIs, remains a defensive liability. He’s a great kid, popular with Mets fans and players alike, but when a players’ defensive prowess is described as “he won’t usually kill you,” that’s a tell-tale sign a manager should replace him with a defensive specialist in the late innings of a one-run game.

Collins didn’t replace Flores in ninth inning

 

But, with Mark Reynolds, a good-field, no-hit prototype available on the bench to go in for the shaky Flores, Collins, whose overall managing record going into today was exactly at the .500 mark (541-541), instead fell one game below .500. And, so did his team, falling to 16-17 instead of 17-16.

The Giants ninth started uneventful enough, with Familia, pitching on his third consecutive day getting Connor Gillaspie to line out to Curtis Granderson in left field.

Familia, whose velocity and command was less than usual, walked Joe Panik. It was here where the Flores factor kicked in.

Eduardo Nunez, the former Yankee, grounded hard to Flores. A perfect 5-4-3 double-play ball. Flores bobbled the grounder, then rushed his throw to second base, pulling Neil Walker off the base. The 31,066 fans seemed to be collectively thinking the same “uh oh” thoughts, with the heart of the Giants lineup coming up.

Hunter Pence, the #3 hitter, singled between Flores and Jose Reyes at shortstop, scoring Panik and tying the game at 3s. Familia gave up his second walk, to Buster Posey, loading the bases. Christian Arroyo, he possesser of a .136 batting average, doubled deep to the left center field wall, clearing the bases. And, the Giants, just like that, had taken advantage of a reliever who lost velocity and command as well as a third baseman who will remind no one of Clete Boyer, Ken Boyer, or Cloyd Boyer, for that matter, with the glove.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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