In what was rumored to be his second-to-last start of the season, Matt Harvey threw a lot of pitches thanks to a tough third inning, where he gave up three runs, which ended up being the difference in the game. However, Jeurys Familia made his MLB debut in a relief appearance in the eighth inning, putting up a scoreless frame.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
Jaime Garcia kept the Mets silent until he made his exit in the eighth inning, leaving a jam for his bullpen. Justin Turner and Ruben Tejada both singled to start the inning, and the bases were loaded after a double play grounder hit by David Wright was mishandled by the Cardinals. Mike Baxter pinch hit for Scott Hairston and hit a sacrifice fly to put New York on the board. Daniel Murphyhit a deep fly ball to left field, but it was caught to end the threat. This game featured a bunch of hits by the Amazins (9 overall), but none with runners in scoring position, as they went 0-for-8 in that situation, stranding 8 men on base. Both Wright and Hairston enjoyed multi-hit games for New York.
Cardinals Offensive Highlights:
St. Louis got some runs on the board in the third inning with four straight hits off Harvey to start the frame. Yadier Molina, David Freese, Skip Schumaker, and Daniel Descalso all hit singles, with the last two driving in runs. Following a Jaime Garcia sacrifice bunt, Jon Jay was hit by a pitch, and Matt Carpenter capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to Jason Bay out in left field. Descalso got another scoring rally started in the sixth by leading off with a single. Garcia sacrificed again, then he stole third before crossing the plate on a ground out by Jay. In the seventh, Matt Holliday walked, but was subbed out for Adron Chambers due to lower back tightness. Molina singled again in front of Freese, who singled Chambers home for the fifth run of the game.
Outside of his troublesome third inning, Matt Harvey pitched pretty well, but his elevated pitch count prevented him from going deep into the game. He threw 92 pitches through 5 innings, giving up 3 hits on 6 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 4 hitters. Justin Hampson followed him with an inning of work in his first action since being recalled from Triple-A and gave up a run. Ramon Ramirez also gave up a run in one inning, as he gave up 2 hits and a walk, and was bailed out by a great sliding catch from Andres Torres to end the seventh. Jeurys Familia made his MLB debut by throwing a scoreless inning, striking out Lance Berkman and getting an inning-ending double play.
Jaime Garcia was brilliant after two terrible starts, giving up 1 run in 7.1 innings pitched, scattering 9 hits and no walks, while striking out 5 hitters. Lance Lynn came in to minimize the damage in the eighth, throwing 0.2 innings. Trevor Rosenthal gave up a double to Jordany Valdespin in the ninth, but retired the Mets to secure the victory.
The loss is the second straight for the Mets following a weekend sweep of the Marlins. At 64-72, they are 19.5 games out of first place in the NL East, but remain one game behind the Phillies for third place.
Probable Pitchers Wednesday:
The Mets finish up their road trip tomorrow afternoon by sending R.A. Dickey (17-4, 2.63 ERA) to the mound to face off against Adam Wainwright (13-11, 3.90 ERA), as Terry Collins and company are hoping to avoid the sweep. Game time in St. Louis is set for 1:45pm.