SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have new lyrics for the famous Meet the Mets song. Over the last three days, the chorus could be sung: “Meet the Mets, meet the Mets, step right up and beat the Mets.”
Andres Torres highlighted a five run second inning with hit a three-run homer for the Giants in a 8-4 win over New York.
Rookie Buster Posey continues to showcase his opposite field power with a double near triples alley to lead off the second inning and a home run to the right field green roof in the third inning.
“He did it on the road trip and he did it in this park which is tough,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He has a great swing up there and his bat stays in the zone quite a while and that’s what enables him to get that carry on the ball to right center or right field like he does.”
Juan Uribe added an RBI single and Pablo Sandoval with a run scoring double in the second and later a two run double in the bottom of the seventh to ice the game.
“(Sandoval)’s going to be fine,” Torres said. “Like I always say, it’s not how you start but how you finish and he’s a great hitter. He’s good and in this game you’ve got ups and downs. He can hit and he’s going to be fine.”
The Mets have struggled to touch home plate. After a leadoff triple from Carlos Beltran followed by a two run homer by Ike Davis in the top of the seventh, the Metropolitans hadn’t scored in 24 consecutive innings. That was their longest drought since they had a 30 inning scoreless streak from July 24-28, 1992.
“We looked a lot better,” Davis said. “But still we fell short and we just need to come up with big hits and keep grinding. There’s a lot of games left and we can turn it around.”
That overpaid ’92 Mets team featuring a disappointing Bobby Bonilla and Vince Coleman was 72-90, finishing in 5th out of 6th place in the NL East, predating the current three division alignment created in 1994.
“It’s always hard when you fall behind so early in the game,” Beltran said. “You really have to concentrate and put runs on the board and it was late but at least we scored a few.”
The runs were more than enough for Matt Cain who has routinely pitched with minimal run support. After having received a total of five runs over his last five starts, the eight runs were a season-high for the righty. Cain ended a four game losing streak posting his first ‘w’ since beating the Athletics on June 13.
“It’s definitely good to have that good feeling in your mouth,” Cain said. “We’ll carry that over into tomorrow and the next couple of days to your work out to prepare for your next start.”
The bullpen wasn’t very sharp. Chris Ray and Santiago Casilla combined allowed two runs and three hits in just 2/3rds of an inning pitched.
After Casilla surrendered the second home run to Davis, Brian Wilson in a save situation, got the job done by striking out Angel Pagan to end the game.
The Mets are scuffling. Not only is their offense in a slumber, their starting pitching has issues too. Left-hander Hisanori Takahashi wasn’t fooling anyone even with his double hesitation delivery. He surrendered seven hits and six runs in 2.2 innings.
“He’s given up a number of runs in bunches,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “Those things are sometimes difficult to defend or overcome and we’ll have to sit down and evaluate it and we’ll try to make the best decision for the team.”
Notes: Posey is batting .481 in July and has an 11-game hitting streak. It’s his second double-digit hit streak of the season. He is also batting .488 during the streak (21-for-43) with 6 HRs, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored. Posey is also the only NL rookie to have two 10 game hit streaks this season. The other player is Detroit’s Austin Jackson who had a 10 and an 11-game hitting streak. … The Giants have won a season high five games, nine of their last 10, and 10 of 12. San Francisco looks for its first four game sweep of the Mets since May 1-4, 2000. … LHP Hisanori Takahashi matched his career low for innings pitched in a game started and tied his career high with six earned runs. … Sunday, Jonathan Sanchez (7-6, 3.47) opposes Mets Johan Santana (7-5, 2.98) in the series finale.
Giants post-game audio:
Manager Bruce Bochy says Buster Posey has a talent for hitting the ball the other way
Matt Cain says the pitching staff is starting to pitch the way they’re capable of pitching
Andres Torres says Pablo Sandoval is a good hitter and is coming out of his slump
Mets post-game audio:
Manager Jerry Manuel is concerned with the way Hisanori Takahashi is pitching of late
Carlos Beltran says they need to score more runs and stop falling behind so early in the game