The Mets just seem to have Brian Wilson's number.
One night after blowing a save against New York in which he allowed three ninth-inning runs, Friday night the Giants' All-Star closer did it all over again--with a twist.
With the game tied at 6-6 in the top of the ninth, the Mets turned what should have been a fielder's choice into the go-ahead run, with the help of Wilson. The pitcher fielded a bunt by Ryan Church and went for the force at third, but threw wide of a straddling Pablo Sandoval, sending the ball into left field.
Gary Sheffield scored, and the damage was done. The Mets would add another and win their second in a row, beating the Giants, 8-6.
In all Wilson allowed two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. He has yet to strikeout a Met in either appearance this series.
But the blame doesn't fall on the closer alone. Wilson's fellow All-Star did his share.
Tim Lincecum wasn't very sharp, despite pitching with a comfortable 5-1 lead, as things got out of hand in the sixth and seventh innings. After allowing three runs in the sixth, Lincecum came out for the seventh but was unable to record an out.
The Cy Young Award winner was replaced by Merkin Valdez who walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, then allowed a bases-clearing triple to David Wright that tied the game at 6-6.
Lincecum's final numbers: six innings pitched, 10 hits, five runs, three walks and eight strikeouts.
Not exactly the All-Star experience the Giants expected against the first-place Mets.