NL Wild Card Recap

San Francisco Giants 3, New York Mets 0

This was an absolute pitcher’s duel, exactly as anticipated. We knew it would be a low scoring affair, but didn’t think it would take 9 innings to score a run.

Winners

Noah Syndergaard. 7.0 innings. 2 hits. 10 strikeouts. Tons of swings and misses. Thor was on. He walked 3 but they did’t matter. The Giants didn’t get their first hit until 5 and 2/3 innings into the game. Well done, kid.

Madison Bumgarner. Enough said. The man continues his Postseason dominance with his second career wild card complete game shutout. He went the distance on 119 pitches and was magic. He only allowed 4 hits and had 6 strikeouts and 2 walks (1 was intentional). Funny, he threw a 4 hit shutout against the Pirates in the 2014 wild card game in Pittsburgh. The guy got through the first 3 innings on 21 pitches. Incredible performance.

Replay/Jose Reyes. Dennard Span was thrown out trying to steal 2nd early in the game. The replay looked like he beat the throw by a mile. Turns out he was safe, but came off the base for a split second, resulting in an out. Props to Jose for keeping the tag on Span.

Curtis Granderson. Putting his body on the line to make a remarkable catch while crashing into the wall saving a run in the 6th inning. The amount of distance he covered for that ball was insane. Going to have to look that one up on Statcast.

Conor Gillaspie. 3 run bomb off Familia in the 9th inning. He did not miss that fastball left up in the zone. The Giants love to find the unexpected hero. The kid has to feel like he’s floating.

Mets Fans. It was really loud at Citi Field. Then it got even louder. Then when you thought it couldn’t get even louder, it did. They were in it the whole game and had Thor’s back. One pitch is all it took to quiet them, unfortunately.

Losers

Jeurys Familia. Absolutely missed his location on the fastball Gillaspie took out to right center for the 3 run shot in the 9th. Gillaspie made him pay. He had 51 saves all year, and while this wasn’t a save situation, it still made sense to have him in the game. The Postseason can be brutal.

James Loney. 1 AB. He saw 1 pitch. And hit that 1 pitch into a double play. Good job trying to work Bumgarner after a guy gets on base and he cruised through the first 2 innings. He was hit for by Eric Campbell the next time through the order.

Yoenis Cespedes. 0 for 4 at the plate with 2 strikeouts. He left 2 guys on base. Bumgarner pounded him up in the zone with the fastball plenty and hit the spots he had to. He was completely neutralized.

Home teams in the NL Wild Card. For the 3rd straight year, the home team has been shut out in the NL Wild Card game. The Pirates in 2014 and 2015, and now the Mets. Home field doesn’t mean everything. Brutal.

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