Giants observations: Anthony DeSclafani roughed up in loss vs. Mets

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What we learned as Giants drop series finale vs. Mets originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

NEW YORK -- For the first time since the second day of last September, the Giants dropped a regular-season series.

The New York Mets cruised to a 6-2 win at Citi Field, taking three of four in a matchup of two of the National League's best teams. The Giants had won 12 consecutive regular-season series since dropping three of four to the Milwaukee Brewers last September.

Anthony DeSclafani had a rough one, starting with a solo homer in the first. The Giants tied it up pretty quickly, with Thairo Estrada's single getting them on the board in the top of the second.

That was pretty much the last good thing to happen to them.

The next batter, Steven Duggar, injured his left oblique while fouling off a pitch. Mauricio Dubon replaced Duggar with two strikes and appeared to not know the count, as he tried to put a bunt down. That strikeout kicked off a run of 18 consecutive outs for Carlos Carrasco, the veteran right-hander who is off to a fantastic start for the Mets.

Dubon ended that streak when he reached on an error while leading off the eighth. That was wiped out by a double-play ball by Curt Casali. Mike Yastrzemski finally chased Carrasco with a solo shot to right, his first of the year, but the Giants didn't threaten again.

End Of The Streak

The success of the pitching staff this season has been in large part because of something the Giants did really well last year, too. Through the first 13 games, Giants pitchers had allowed a league-low five home runs, and they had not watched an opponent go deep since April 11 when Austin Nola of the San Diego Padres homered.

The streak got to 308 batters before Francisco Lindor -- who appears to be a superstar again -- took DeSclafani deep in the first inning. Eduardo Escobar hit a solo shot three batters later.

Not A Nice Homecoming

DeSclafani grew up a short drive away in New Jersey, but anyone who made the trip Thursday didn't see him anywhere close to his best.

The right-hander allowed nine hits and five earned runs in his five innings, with two balls leaving the yard and one other coming inches away.

Through three starts, DeSclafani -- who got a three-year deal in the offseason -- has allowed 22 hits and nine earned runs in 13 1/3 innings. His go-to sinker averaged 91.9 mph Thursday, down a couple of ticks from his 2021 average.

No Birthday Bomb This Time

Brandon Belt entered Wednesday's game with an 0-for-18 line when starting on his birthday. He homered in the win and afterward the Giants sang "happy birthday" to him in the dugout.

Joc Pederson's 30th was different in just about every way. Pederson has always crushed on his birthday and came into Thursday's game with 11 hits -- including three homers -- in 20 birthday-day at-bats, but he was hitless in four at-bats.

Pederson grounded out and then flied out three straight times.

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