08/16/09 6:59 PM ET
Giants edged by Mets in tough loss
Sanchez strong, but New York wins game in final at-bat
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
"We're not going to get into pointing figners here," Bochy said. "He ran a long ways. He didn't cost us a run by dropping it. Sanchie just made a mistake to the next hitter."That was Luis Castillo, who hadn't homered since May 30 of last season -- a span of 475 at-bats. Castillo suddenly resembled Albert Pujols as he planted Sanchez's 3-1 fastball in the second deck in left field to put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Sanchez explained that he intended to throw his pitch farther outside.
"[On] 3-1, everybody's going to look for a fastball," Sanchez said.
Castillo's long ball drought notwithstanding, Sanchez added: "He's in the big leagues. Anybody can hit home runs."The Giants (63-54) couldn't, though they did enough at the plate to flirt with victory. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey allowed only three hits in seven innings before yielding consecutive one-out doubles to Velez and Winn in the eighth, which forced him from the game and tied the score. Winn's hit was especially welcome, since it interrupted an 8-for-55 skid and gave him some personal momentum after he sat out the series' first two games.
"It was more like a mini-All-Star break," Winn suggested.San Francisco's rally ended as pinch-hitter Ryan Garko, facing Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano, lined out to second base with runners on first and second. The Mets had better luck in the ninth as Jeff Francoeur grounded a leadoff infield single to the left side against right-hander Sergio Romo (3-2). After Fernando Tatis bunted Francoeur to second base, the left-handed Affeldt replaced Romo to face Murphy, a left-handed batter. The move made sense, particularly since Murphy and Omir Santos, the on-deck hitter, were batting .211 and .215 off left-handers, respectively. But Murphy mocked the Giants' strategy by lining his game-winning hit on a 2-2 curveball. That pitch was the Giants' final slip of the day. "It was supposed to be a little bit further away, a little bit further down," said Affeldt, who had excelled until allowing four earned runs and issuing six walks in his past four innings. "I threw a strike that was hittable instead of one that wasn't. There's really no secret to what happened."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.