Walks especially painful in Giants' loss to Mets

May 9th, 2017

NEW YORK -- The Giants sank to the floor of the Major League ocean just as they once rode its waves far above: with contributions from numerous sources.

The Giants officially claimed the Majors' worst record Monday, as their 4-3 loss to the New York Mets dropped them to 11-22 (.333).

It was easy to finger pitching as the primary culprit as the Giants lost for the fifth time in six games. They couldn't hold a 3-2, sixth-inning lead, and relievers Josh Osich and combined to enable New York to break a 3-3 tie in the ninth on 's two-out single.

The Giants actually did just as much to win the game as to lose it. Starter Matt Moore, who entered the game with a 6.75 ERA, left it with one out in the sixth and a 3-2 lead. and homered, always a welcome rarity for the Giants. But San Francisco sustained no offense aside from the outbursts of power.

"We did a lot of good things today," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But the walks caught up with us."

In fact, those free passes, which forced pitchers to work under duress in the preceding series at Cincinnati, again spoiled an otherwise solid performance by the recent winners of three World Series. Giants pitchers walked four batters; twice, the recipient was , who scored both times.

"We walked 12 in Cincinnati in one game, so this is something we have to fix," Bochy said. "We have to stay away from shooting ourselves in the foot."

The Giants desperately tried to remain competitive, using their most effective setup relievers in the eighth and ninth innings. , who compiled a 0.93 ERA in his previous 10 appearances, escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth by inducing 's double-play grounder.

But after Law departed for a pinch-hitter, Osich walked Conforto to open the ninth.

"The leadoff walks are dangerous. They're hard to overcome," Bochy said.

Two outs later, Bochy summoned Strickland, owner of a tidy 0.82 ERA. Strickland couldn't field ' sharp comebacker, which went for a single. That advanced Conforto to second base, from where he scored easily on Walker's drive.