Rewind: Giants vs Mets, Game #2

The Giants left SBC with a three game winning streak, and were racing for a .500 record. However, last night's loss to the Mets dampened those dreams. After five, the Giants and the Mets were tied at two. However, a six-run eighth by New York drove them ahead to the final score of 8-2. Jerome Williams pitched solid ball for the first five, but after the rain delay, he was relieved.

The Mets struck first with Piazza's two out solo blast in the first. A Jeffery Hammonds double followed by an Edgardo Alfonzo single tied the game up in the second.

In the Mets' half of the second, Williams had some control problems. With one out, he walked Mike Cameron and hit Danny Garcia with a pitch. Mets pitcher Jae Weong Seo got on base with a bunt, and Williams' throwing error allowed Cameron to score and moved Garcia over to third.

Williams settled down, although the only reason the Mets didn't score more in the fourth was due to a bout of luck. Cameron was on first and Danny Garcia hit a ground-rule double. If Garcia's hit had stayed in the park, Cameron would have scored easily.

The Giants got their bats moving in the fifth. Neifi Perez hit a ground rule double to deep right-center, and Williams laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Perez. Brian Dallimore hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Perez.

After Williams struck out Piazza in the fifth, the rain made the field unplayable. An hour and nineteen minutes later, the game resumed. The Giants did not get a single hit for the rest of the game.

The Mets, however, were a different story. With one out in the eighth, Todd Zeile singled to center. Mike Piazza flied out, making it look like things could be over without any trouble. However, Karim Garcia hit a single to left-center, moving Zeile up to second. Joe McEwing pinch-ran for Zeile. However, there was no need for a pinch runner. Shane Spencer hit a three-run blast to put the Mets up 5-2. Jason Phillips walked and Mike Cameron homered to left, adding two more runs to the inning.

Danny Garcia was hit by a pitch and Eric Valent hit a single to left. Kazuo Matsui singled to shallow center, scoring Garcia and moving Valent to third. McEwing lined out to end the inning, but the damage was clearly done.

Player of the Game: Neifi Perez. As he usually struggles with the bat, this was a good game for him. He went 2-2 with a walk, and scored one of the Giants two runs. No other player on the team even had a multi-hit game, as the Giants only managed six runs in the contest.

Jesse Radin writes for and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to

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