Wind plays tricks with Giants

Wind plays tricks with Giants

NEW YORK -- The Giants were blown away, figuratively and almost literally, by the elements they encountered Sunday at Citi Field.

Gusts that occasionally approached 40 mph affected several batted balls, including Jason Bay's bases-loaded, two-run single in the seventh inning. Andres Torres charged from medium-deep left field and dove for the ball but barely missed it. Bay's hit helped the Mets score three runs and take the lead, though the Giants ultimately prevailed, 6-5.

"The ball kept going in, in," Torres said. "It was amazing."

Aaron Rowand's two-run homer in the eighth inning seemed equally stunning, since it sliced through the wind over the right-center-field wall.

"That's as hard as I can hit a ball that way," Rowand said. "And I honestly thought it was going to be caught."

That wasn't Rowand's last encounter with the wind. Leading off the Mets' ninth inning, Bay hit another pop fly that Rowand said would have been a routine play under normal circumstances. But it fell for a double in shallow center field as Rowand and shortstop Juan Uribe converged on the ball.

"I took a jab step back and started busting in and I couldn't get to it," Rowand said. "It was an in-between kind of ball. Either I lay out and try to catch it, and risk diving into Uribe, or Uribe keeps running and risks running into me. It's one of those that as an outfielder and a middle infielder, you hate to see because that's when ugly things happen. With the wind and everything else, it makes it that much tougher. Luckily nobody got hurt and luckily we ended up winning the game."