The 2016 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's 2016 postseason played between the National League's 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, the winner advanced to play the first-seeded Chicago Cubs in the NL Division Series. It was televised in the United States on ESPN; the Giants defeated the Mets, 3–0. This was New York's third playoff appearance as a Wild Card team, 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.
With the winner advancing and the loser finished for the year, each team sent its best starting pitcher to the mound, 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, 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, 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 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.
In the bottom of the ninth, Bumgarner returned to the mound and set down the Mets in order for a complete game shutout. 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. 2016 Major League Baseball season schedule Schedule for 2016 Postseason Box score
Timir Datta is an Indian-American physicist specializing in high transition temperature superconductors and a professor of physics in the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, South Carolina. Datta grew up in India along with elder brother Jyotirmoy Datta a noted journalist. N. Dutt a scion of two land owning families from Khulna and Jessore in south central Bengal was an eminent sugar-refining engineer and on his mother's side a relative of Michael Madhushudan Dutt the famed poet, he received a master's degree in theoretical plasma physics from Boston College in 1974 under the direction of Gabor Kalman. Datta worked at the Jet Propulsion laboratory in Pasadena, California, as a pre-doctoral NASA research associate of Robert Somoano, he collaborated with Carl H. Brans at Loyola University New Orleans on a gravitational problem of frame dragging and worked with John Perdew on the behavior of charge density waves in jellium. Datta was a NSF post-doctoral fellow with Marvin Silver and studied charge propagation in non-crystalline systems at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
At UNC-CH he continued his theoretical interests and worked on retarded Vander Waals potential with L. H. Ford. Since 1982, he has been on the faculty of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, he collaborated with several laboratories involved with the early discoveries of high temperature superconductivity the team at NRL, led by Donald U Gubser and Stuart Wolf. This research group at USC was the first to observe bulk Meissner effect in Tl-copper oxides and thus confirm the discovery by Allen Herman's team at the University of Arkansas of high temperature superconductivity in these compounds, he coined the term "triple digit superconductivity", his group was the first to observe fractional quantum hall effect in 3-dimensional carbon. In a paper with Raphael Tsu he derived the first quantum mechanical wave impedance formula for Schrödinger wave functions, he was the first to show that Bragg's law of X-ray scattering from crystals is a direct consequence of Euclidean length invariance of the incident wave vector.
Datta is an active researcher, with over 100 papers listed in the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System as of 2014. Datta was issued one US patent in 1995: "Flux-trapped superconducting magnets and method of manufacture", with two co-inventors. Datta was involved in the university-funded development of a "Gravity Generator" in 1996 and 1997, with then-fellow university researcher Douglas Torr. According to a leaked document from the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of South Carolina and confirmed to Wired reporter Charles Platt in 1998, the device would create a "force beam" in any desired direction and the university planned to patent and license this device. Neither information about this university research project nor any "Gravity Generator" device was made public. Despite the apparent less than successful outcome of the "Gravity Generator" development effort with Torr, Datta became interested in the effects of electric fields on gravitation, expanding on Torr's theoretical work on the subject.
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