Mike Pelfrey and the Mets tried to play spoiler tonight and attempt to put the Cardinals in dire straights regarding their Wild Card hopes. Edwin Jackson, who faced the Mets for the first time, would try to keep the Cards’ chances alive.
Jose Reyes led off the game with a base hit and advanced to third on a Pagan single. After Wright stuck out looking, Lucas Duda hit an opposite field double scoring Reyes for the first run of the game.
During the top of the third inning, Gary and Ron revealed that Sandy Alderson made the trip to St. Louis and would join them in the booth. Sandy Alderson said some interesting things regarding the state of the Mets; first, he said that the Mets have to figure out how to win at home. He liked the way the team had played hard all year and he gave Terry Collins credit for that. Regarding the Reyes re-signing issue, he thinks about it a lot and in October, it would be addressed. He’s happy about the several “big time” pitching prospects coming through the system that should be ready in a year or two-but they won’t be rushed. He admits that there wasn’t much bull pen help in the minors when they needed it earlier in the year. Alderson also admitted that he wasn’t sure that there was a closer in the organization. Will the same pitchers be back next year? Alderson is hoping to see some more growth from Gee and Niese. Sandy was happy and impressed with Jason Bay’s professionalism. Regarding Tejada tenure with the Mets, Alderson, Collins and all the coaches were really impressed with his play both at short and second. They also liked that he was improving at the plate. Gary asked Sandy about Daniel Murphy and Alderson said that Murphy is “force” in the clubhouse and is convinced that the downfall of the Mets was when both Reyes and Murphy went down at the same time. Sandy like Murphy’s hitting but they still have to find a place for him in the field. Finally, there has been talk about changing the dimensions of Citi Field-the decision would be made in October.
While the Alderson was talking to Gary and Ron, the Mets scored three runs in the top of the third via 3 base hits and one Cardinal error making the score 4-0. However, Pelfrey threw batting practice in the bottom of the third and allowed the Cardinals to get right back in the game as they scored 3 runs.
The Mets would threaten in the top of the fourth but fail to score, the Cards, in the bottom of the frame, would do the same but like the Mets, fail to score. The Mets would add a run in the top of the fifth when, with Harris at second and Tejada on first, Mike Pelfrey hit a ground rule double scoring Harris.
The Cards tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Pelfrey allowed 3 hits in row. The Mets had runners on first and second with no outs in the top of the seventh. Tejada layed down a bunt advancing the runners to second and third for Justin Turner, who would bat for Mike Pelfrey. After Turner lined out, Jose Reyes drew a walk allowing Pagan, who was already 3-4, to come to bat and draw a 4 pitch walk to give the Mets the lead.
Josh Stinson came in a pitched the bottom of the seventh, after getting two quick outs, gave up back to back hits to Pujols and Berkman; he then walked David Freese to load the bases. Terry Collins called for newly signed Tim Byrdak to get the Mets out of a bases loaded jam-he failed giving up a ground rule double giving the Cards the lead for the first time of the night. D.J Carrasco came in to get the third out and instead gave up a 3 run triple to Adron Chambers. The Cards would score another run and increase their lead by 5.
The Mets never threatened to score and thus loss the game.