The season shouldn’t end like this for Mets fans.
Noah Syndergaard was brilliant tonight, stifling San Francisco hitters for seven innings, where he allowed just two hits while striking out 10. Under normal circumstances, this should be more than enough to get the win.
Unfortunately for the Mets, the opposing pitcher was just that much better.
Madison Bumgarner went the distance for the Giants, surrendering four hits and striking out six in a complete game shutout. The Mets only mustered one hit after the fifth inning.
In the NL Wild Card game that became a pitcher’s duel, San Francisco was able to come out on top because they knocked out Syndergaard early.
Syndergaard exited the game after 108 pitches. His season high is 118. Once he left, the bullpen would bend and then ultimately break.
Addison Reed found himself in trouble after intentionally walking Buster Posey to load the bases in the eight inning, but was able to strike out Hunter Pence to keep the score tied 0-0.
In the ninth inning, the Mets deployed All-Star closer Jeurys Familia, who led the league with 51 saved games and surrendered just one home run this season. Familia immediately found himself in trouble by allowing a double to Brandon Crawford. After striking out Angel Pagan, Familia walked Joe Panik before surrendering a three-run homer to Conor Gillaspie.
With the lead secure, Bumgarner entered the ninth inning to finish what he started, retiring the Mets in order and closing the door on a Mets season riddled with injuries. Bumgarner threw 119 pitches for the game, including just 21 in the first three innings combined.
The only other time both starting pitchers threw seven or more scoreless innings in a winner take all game was Jack Morris and John Smoltz in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.
San Francisco will look to continue their habit of winning the World Series in even year when they face the Cubs in the NL Division Series.