By Laura Amato
The Amazin’ season is over. And it all ended on one hit.
Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 3-0 win as Jeurys Familia blew yet another save in the NL Wild Card game Wednesday at Citi Field.
While Gillaspie’s hit was certainly the offensive highlight of the game, both starting pitchers dominated early on and the postseason tilt was a defensive stalemate for eight innings.
Madison Bumgarner tossed a four-hitter in his latest playoff gem and the San Francisco ace notched his second shutout victory in a winner-take-all postseason game. He’s now allowed just one run in his last 30 playoff innings.
Noah Syndergaard did his best to keep the Mets in the game. He didn’t allow a hit until the sixth—with two outs—and allowed just two hits in seven innings of work.
Addison Reed escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, but Familia was unable to maintain the lead.
The Mets closer allowed a leadoff double from Brandon Crawford in the top of the ninth and walked Joe Panik—a St. John’s product—with one out to set up Gillaspie’s home run.
It was the third blown save in Familia’s last four playoff outings.
The Giants move on to face the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS, while the Mets head back to the offseason with heads hung low and thoughts of what could have been if not for one swing of the bat.