Mets: Weak offense in St. Louis leads to series loss
By Samantha Murray
The New York Mets put on a sad offensive show in St. Louis, which resulted in a series loss.
The New York Mets came up with an extra-innings win in game one when Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes showed signs of life but a quiet offense and some poor defense resulted in two consecutive losses to the St. Louis Cardinals to lose the series.
Game 1- Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The game that had the most offensive action from the Mets started in the top if the 2nd inning when Todd Frazier led off the inning with a walk. Down 2-0, a slumping Jay Bruce tripled in Frazier to make the score 2-1 Cardinals.
The Cardinals added a few, making the score 4-1 St. Louis going into 5th. With two outs, Michael Conforto and Wilmer Flores both walked, bringing up a struggling Cespedes. As we have established, I’ll take a struggling Cespedes over literally anyone else, any day of the week. Cespedes absolutely blasted his 5th home run of the year to tie the game. The home run went 463 feet, MLB’s Anthony DiComo reported that this would be the longest Met home run of the season by a long shot, and Cespedes’ longest ever with the Mets. 4-4.
St. Louis would get one back in the bottom of the 5th, leading the Mets once again.
The Mets were still trailing entering the 8th. Frazier, again, walked to lead off the inning and would move to third on a Bruce groundout. Frazier would score on an Adrian Gonzalez sacrifice fly to tie the game at 5.
To extras we go…
In the top of the 10th, Asdrubal Cabrera would lead off the inning with a single. All Cabrera does is produce. Cabrera would then be replaced with a pinch runner, Jose Reyes. Frazier grounded into a double play, erasing all base runners.
Bruce then came to the plate and hit his second home run of the year to straightaway center field. 6-5 Mets would be the final.
Nice to see the outfield is waking up. Imagine how the line up with change when all three outfielders are alive and well.
Game 2- Wednesday, April 25, 2018
An abysmal performance by the Mets resulted in a 9-1 blowout, the Mets getting the short end of the stick.
The only offensive highlight worth mentioning was yet another Bruce single resulting in the Mets only run of the game.
An embarrassing loss for the Mets, who are too good of a team to be losing 9-1. At least Bruce is showing signs of life, right?
Game 3- Thursday, April 26, 2018
Another extra inning affair, a poor defensive performance, and a quiet offense led to a second consecutive loss.
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The Mets scored quickly in the first inning. Brandon Nimmo, getting his first start in 10 days, lead off the game by being hit by a pitch from Carlos Martinez. Cespedes, coming out of his slump, doubled, scoring Nimmo. 1-0 Mets.
Gonzalez singled in the 4th, and Cespedes singled in the 5th, and Bruce singled in the 6th, but Martinez left them all stranded.
Amed Rosario singled in the 7th and advanced to third on a Nimmo single to right field. Rosario would score on a Cespedes sacrifice fly. 2-0 Mets.
The Cardinals tied the game in the 8th inning.
In the top of the 9th, the leadoff man, Conforto, singled to right field, but the Mets did not capitalize on their no-outs baserunner.
To extra innings we go…again.
Bruce tacked on a two-out single in the 10th. Behind him, Frazier singled and Gonzalez walked to load the bases. Jose Lobaton, who has done all of nothing, walked with the bases loaded. We’ll take it, though. 3-2 Mets.
This should have been the final, but it wasn’t.
The Cardinals would tie the game in the bottom half of the 10th, when “gold glover,” Juan Lagares misjudged a ball to center.
The Cardinals would win the game in the bottom of the 13th inning, 4-3.
The defense was the Mets kryptonite in game three, but the offense didn’t help much.
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On to San Diego we go.