Brandon Moss slugs out two home runs for three runs in 10-6 loss to Mets
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The final game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets. The series split, Cardinals Adam Wainwright facing Mets rookie Seth Lugo. Wainwright started off his first, one hit, ground out, and closed with Yoenis Cespedes ground out to SS Greg Garcia for a 6-4-3 double play. He retired the Mets only spending six pitches.
He only gave up two earned runs; but, only saw five innings on the hill, with three strikeouts. However, the Mets took advantage of Cardinals infield errors to add an additional five runs during his watch on the mound. Coming into his fifth, Mets held a 3-0 lead. To add 'salt to a wound' night for Wainwright, Mets 3-0 lead, a play at third for his second out in the fifth stood as 'runner was called safe'. He had his glove down on the base for the tag, but Yoenis Cespedes steps on Wainwright's glove; and, he removes his hand instinctively to avoid a possible cleat puncture. OR, he felt he made a good tag; but, due to "interference" by the runner as he was removing his gloved hand, his hand slipped out. Challenged by manager Mike Matheny, the call held. The play can be viewed about half way through the MLB recap video.
Explanation: The hand must remain in the glove. Equal to a tag, followed by a drop ball. I understand that. However, with the "flow of motion" by Wainwright, he didn't expect to have his glove held hostage underneath the runners foot. And granted it still would be his second out of the inning, not the third. However, I do feel such play calls do make a difference for a team going forward.
Wainwright went on to get his second out, but two runners on. A grounder to SS Greg Garcia should have been the third out on Wilmer Flores infield hit; but an error charged. Flores safely reached first as the runner cleared home. Next to face Wainwright, Alejandro De Aza who cranked out a three-run homer to heavily pad the Mets lead, 7-0.
Lugo did his job and did it well in his debut against the Cardinals. Lead-off Matt Carpenter sent a missile out to the top of the center wall and a home run to tie the game was denied by CF Alejandro De Aza with a stellar catch above the wall. Matter-of-fact, the Mets with some great defense, stopped several deep 'to the track' hits by the Cardinals. He held them scoreless in his five innings, walked three and had five strikeouts. He earned his first major league win as a starter in his second appearance for the Mets. Throughout this season, thus far, the Cardinals offense has not fared well against an unknown hurler. Even though, Cardinals began to chip away at the Mets lead in the sixth.
Mets Jim Henderson followed Lugo. Jedd Gyorko pumped out a single and Brandon Moss sends the two-seamer off the first baseline foul pole for a two-run homer. He would add yet another home run in the eighth for a solo shot.
Greg Garcia, on a fielders choice, reached first, Mets got the out at second and Piscotty in to add a run to cut the Mets lead in half, 8-4. In the ninth, the Mets would add two more runs off reliever Sam Tuivailala on a 2 RBI single by Rene Rivera. Mets Sean Gilmartin on the hill, one out, Gyorko sends out a bullet for a solo home run. Stephen Piscotty slugs out a two out solo homer; and, back-up catcher Alberto Rosario grounded out to close Gilmartin's inning for the Mets 10-6 win to take the series.
A very frustrating night for Wainwright who was handed his eighth loss. He has yet to realize a tenth win and the Cardinals still have not reached 10 games over .500 yet this season. The trials and tribulations for the St. Louis team this season have been plentiful; but, in my opinion, they are not ready to throw in the towel.
CARDINALS HOST THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS FOR THREE GAMES
Tonight's first game, 7:15 CST, will be Cardinals rookie Luke Weaver's (0-1/5.00 ERA) third start and his debut at home in Busch Stadium. He will face A's Ross Detwiler (1-2/5.91 ERA). With the Cardinals yet to prove their success at home, will look to hand Weaver his first win in the majors. Their offense will need to come back with their "A" game as Detwiler had held the Cardinals to a .125 BA. They still sit two behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card race.