Today the Mets got another quality start, along with some timely long balls, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Cardinals today as they fell 5-4 in the series finale this afternoon in the Citi.
The Mets fought hard today, but made a few costly errors (only one of which counted as an error) that would ultimately prove to be the downfall in today’s game. Dillon Gee pitched well today, giving the Mets a fourth consecutive quality start, but was unable to guide them to victory due to a few big misplays in the field during the seventh inning. With runners on first and second in the seventh inning, and the game tied at 1-1, Dillon Gee was able to induce a tapper back to the mound which would have likely turned into a double play…BUT…Gee bounced the ball just shy of Omar Quintanilla and into center field allowing the Cardinals to have bases loaded with no outs. The next batter was Adron Chambers who immediately hit a grounder up the middle to Quintanilla, which again, should have induced a double play. Instead Quintanilla could not make any play and the Cards continued the inning with no outs and a run in. After two strike outs and a fielder’s choice (that scored a run) the Mets were able to limit the damage to only two runs, but they were a big two runs that shouldn’t have happened. I know the official scorer didn’t give Quintanilla an error, but he deserved one…
Despite the errors in the seventh, the Mets still managed to collect themselves and tie the game on the bottom of the seventh on a pinch-hit two-run homer off of the bat of Scott Hairston. I thought this was a huge turn around and was going to spur the team on to yet another come back victory. Unfortunately in the eighth the Cardinals would recapture the lead for good on a huge two-run homer off the bat of Allen Craig.
The Mets did not go quietly into the afternoon, however, as they rallied to bring the game to within one on a sacrifice fly by Andres Torres. But David Wright flew out to Carlos Beltran, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis on third base and two outs, to effectively end the last Mets scoring chance of the afternoon.
Regardless, taking three of four games from the Cardinals was huge. This series was a great one for the Mets even if it did end on a slightly sour note. If nothing else, we can all remember the first no-hitter in Mets history, and the amazin’ weekend it started.
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