2016 National League Wild Card Game

The 2016 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2016 postseason played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants. As both teams finished with identical 87–75 records, a tiebreaker was used to determine the host team. In accordance with MLB tiebreaking rules, the Mets earned the right to host the game by winning their season series against the Giants 4–3.

The game was played on October 5, 2016 at Citi Field in Queens, New York, and the winner advanced to play the first-seeded Chicago Cubs in the NL Division Series.[2][3] It was televised in the United States on ESPN.

The Giants defeated the Mets, 3–0.

2016 National League Wild Card Game
2016NLWClogo
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco Giants 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 5 0
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
DateOctober 5, 2016
VenueCiti Field
CityQueens, New York
Managers
UmpiresC. B. Bucknor, Mike Everitt, Jeff Nelson, Mike Winters (crew chief), Quinn Wolcott and Jim Wolf. Replay: Scott Barry and Mark Carlson[1]
Attendance44,747
TelevisionESPN
TV announcersDan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone, and Buster Olney
RadioESPN
Radio announcersDave O'Brien and Jim Bowden

Background

This was New York's third playoff appearance as a Wild Card team, and their second consecutive postseason appearance after winning the National League pennant the previous season, while it was San Francisco's second appearance since 2014, when they went on to win the World Series. It was the second postseason meeting between the Mets and the Giants, after the 2000 National League Division Series.

Box score

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 8:08 pm (EDT) at Citi Field in Queens, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco Giants 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 5 0
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
WP: Madison Bumgarner (1–0)   LP: Jeurys Familia (0–1)
Home runs:
SF: Conor Gillaspie (1)
NYM: None
Attendance: 44,747[4]

Game summary

With the winner advancing and the loser finished for the year, each team sent its best starting pitcher to the mound, and the game was a pitchers' duel between the Mets' Noah Syndergaard and the Giants' Madison Bumgarner. Syndergaard did not allow a hit until the sixth inning, and finished with seven scoreless innings and ten strikeouts. On the other side, Bumgarner matched zeroes with Syndergaard. In the top of the sixth, with two outs and a runner on second, Curtis Granderson made a solid catch in center field on a drive by Brandon Belt to preserve the shutout. In the top of the eighth, reliever Addison Reed allowed the Giants to load the bases with two outs on a single and two walks (one intentional), but struck out Hunter Pence to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, with a runner on second, a hard line drive by Asdrúbal Cabrera right at Bumgarner ended the threat.

In the top of the ninth, Mets closer Jeurys Familia allowed a leadoff double to Brandon Crawford, then after Angel Pagan struck out and Joe Panik walked, journeyman infielder Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run home run to deep right to break the scoreless tie and give the Giants a 3−0 lead.[5] In the bottom of the ninth, Bumgarner returned to the mound and set down the Mets in order for a complete game shutout. Exactly as he had done in the 2014 National League Wild Card Game, Bumgarner had tossed a four-hit shutout to send the Giants to the NLDS.[6]

References

  1. ^ "2016 Wild Card Game and Division Series Umpires". Close Call Sports & Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ Newman, Mark (August 24, 2016). "To the races: MLB postseason schedule announced". MLB.com. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  3. ^ Normandin, Marc (August 23, 2016). "2016 MLB playoff schedule released". SBNation.com. SB Nation. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  4. ^ "Boxscore: New York Mets vs. San Francisco, Wild Card Game". MLB.com. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  5. ^ Schulman, Henry (October 5, 2016). "Giants win wild-card game on Gillaspie's home run". San Francisco Chronicle. New York City: Hearst Corporation. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  6. ^ Fitzpatrick, Mike (October 6, 2016). "Bumgarner, Gillaspie lead Giants over Mets 3-0; Cubs next". Associated Press. New York City: AP News. Associated Press. Archived from the original on October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2016.

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Citi Field

Citi Field is a baseball park located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in New York City. Completed in 2009, it is the home field of the New York Mets of the National League division of Major League Baseball. The stadium was built as a replacement for the adjacent Shea Stadium, which opened in 1964 next to the site of the 1964 New York World's Fair.

Citi Field was designed by Populous (then HOK Sport), and is named after Citigroup, a New York financial services company which purchased the naming rights. The $850 million baseball park was funded with $615 million in public subsidies, including the sale of New York City municipal bonds which are to be repaid by the Mets plus interest. The payments will offset property taxes for the lifetime of the park. The Mets are receiving $20 million annually from Citibank in exchange for naming the stadium Citi Field.

The first game at Citi Field was on March 29, 2009, with a college baseball game between St. John's and Georgetown. The Mets played their first two games at the ballpark on April 3 and 4, 2009 against the Boston Red Sox as charity exhibition games. The first regular season home game was played on April 13, 2009, against the San Diego Padres. Citi Field hosted the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, marking the second time the Mets have hosted the event (the first being in 1964, the inaugural season of Shea Stadium).

Conor Gillaspie

Conor Michael Gillaspie (born July 18, 1987) is an American former professional baseball third baseman. He has played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

ESPN Major League Baseball

ESPN Major League Baseball is a presentation of Major League Baseball on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN's MLB coverage debuted on April 9, 1990 with three Opening Day telecasts. ESPN Major League Baseball is guaranteed to remain on air until 2021. Starting in 2014, ESPN will return to broadcasting postseason baseball. ESPN has rights to any potential tiebreaker games (Game 163) and one of the two wild card games (Turner Sports receiving the other game).

The different weekly regular-season packages that ESPN presents (as of 2014) are Sunday Night Baseball, Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball. The network also airs select games on Opening Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

In addition to regular-season games, ESPN also airs several spring training games per year, the Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game and Home Run Derby played the week of the All-Star Game, and (as of 2014) one of the two Wild Card games each postseason. ESPN also airs a weekly highlight show called Baseball Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on Sundays as a lead-in to Sunday Night Baseball; previously it was a daily program until 2017, when layoffs cut back the show’s airing to Sundays.

ESPN Radio has also been airing Major League Baseball since 1998 (succeeding CBS Radio), broadcasting Sunday Night Baseball as well as select other regular-season games, the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, and the entire postseason including the Wild Card Game, Division Series, League Championship Series, and World Series.

Jeurys Familia

Jeurys Familia Mojica (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxeuɾis faˈmilja]; born October 10, 1989) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Oakland Athletics. Familia was signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent in 2007. He made his MLB debut in 2012. During the 2015 season, Familia became the Mets' closer. He was named an MLB All-Star in 2016. The Mets traded him to the Oakland Athletics in July 2018, then signed him to a three-year deal after the 2018 season concluded.

Noah Syndergaard

Noah Seth Syndergaard (born August 29, 1992), nicknamed Thor, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Toronto Blue Jays selected him in the first round of the 2010 MLB draft and traded him to the Mets in 2012. Syndergaard made his MLB debut with the Mets on May 12, 2015. He was named an All-Star in 2016, and the Mets Opening Day starting pitcher in 2017 and 2018.

Quinn Wolcott

Quinn Wolcott (born June 17, 1986) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. He wears number 81.

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