The New York Mets lost a tight game 3-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals in the second of a four game series Tuesday night at Citi Field.
Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright silenced the Mets bats, tossing seven shutout innings before leaving with a hyperextended knee. The Cardinals medical staff is optimistic the six foot seven inch righty will not miss a start. Centerfielder John Jay was the star of the game going 2-4 driving in two RBI’s on the night.
Third baseman Matt Carpenter led off the game for the Cardinals by flying out to left fielder Eric Young Jr. Right fielder Allen Craig hit a groundball back to pitcher Dillon Gee for the second out, but left fielder Matt Holliday hit a single to left for the first hit of the night. But a slow Holliday was gunned down trying to advance to second.
The Mets were retired in order in the bottom of the first. Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams reached on an infield single to start the top of the second. Catcher Yadier Molina struck out and Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud threw Adams out trying to steal second base. St. Louis centerfielder John Jay reached on an error by shortstop Omar Quintanilla. Cardinal shortstop Jhonny Peralta lined out to left to end the inning.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy popped up to second, leading off the bottom half of the inning. Centerfielder Chris Young singled to left. First baseman Lucas Duda struck out and Young was thrown out at second completing the “strike ‘em out-throw ‘em out” double play.
Both teams failed to score in the third inning. Matt Holliday walked to start the top of the fourth. Matt Adams followed with a single to center and Yadier Molina singled to left to load the bases. John Jay then singled up the middle past a diving Omar Quintanilla scoring both Holliday and Adams giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. Mets pitcher Dillon Gee then walked Jhonny Peralta to load the bases for the second time in the inning. Second baseman Kolten Wong hit a groundball to first that Lucas Duda threw home forcing Molina out at home for the first out of the inning. The bases were still loaded for Adam Wainwright who hit a grounder to third baseman David Wright who threw home to force force Jay out. Jay slid into home and clipped Travis d’Arnaud as he was about to throw to first to possibly get a double play, but d’Arnaud wisely held on to the ball. With the bases still loaded Gee struck out Matt Carpenter escaping what could have been a disastrous inning. The Mets and Cardinals went 1-2-3 in their next turns at bat.
Daniel Murphy laid down a bunt single to start the bottom of the fifth. Chris Young then lined a shot to left field that Matt Holliday leaped to catch against the wall. Murphy retreated back to first to avoid being doubled off. Duda blooped a single to center moving Murphy over to second. But d’Arnaud hit into a double play to end the inning.
Neither the Mets nor Cardinals scored in the next two innings. Mat Holliday singled to center starting the top of the eighth. Matt Adams struck out swinging on a pitch from Gonzalez Germen, now in his second inning of work. Yadier Molina lined out to shortstop for out number two. John Jay singled to left moving Holliday to second. Jhonny Peralta walked to load the bases but Kolten Wong grounded out to second ending the inning.
The Mets went in order in the bottom of the eighth. Shortstop Danny Descalso was called to pinch-hit for pitcher Kevin Siegrist who pitched the eighth inning. Descalso walked and immediately stole second base. Matt Carpenter and Adam Craig were each struck out by Jose Valverde. Matt Holliday singled to right scoring Descalso making it 3-0 Cardinals, but Holliday was thrown out trying to advance to second, ending the inning.
Making his Mets debut, outfielder Bobby Abreu was called to pinch-hit for Valverde. Abreu flew out to left for the first out of the inning. Eric Young Jr. and Curtis Granderson both walked putting runners at first and second with one out. David Wright struck out and Daniel Murphy hit into a fielder’s choice. Granderson was forced out at second to end the game.
Mets lefty veteran Jon Niese squares off against Cardinals right-handed phenom Michael Wacha tomorrow evening.
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