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This week, the Cardinals visited Citi Field in Flushing, New York, for a three-game series with the Mets.
The first game of the series was scheduled to be played on Monday, but inclement weather did not allow such to occur. The teams made up the game as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Tuesday.
Game One: Cardinals 3, Mets 2 — WP: Carlos Martinez (10-6) LP: Noah Syndergaard (9-5) SV: Seung Hwan Oh (5)
On the strength of Jedd Gyorko’s thirteenth homer of the season, the Cardinals took the first game of the doubleheader over the Mets, 3-2.
Carlos Martinez and Noah Syndergaard — the scheduled starters for Monday’s rain out — toed the rubber on Tuesday afternoon.
The Cardinals plated three runs off Syndergaard in as many innings, including one on a throwing error by Syndergaard and the aforementioned homer from Gyorko, a two-run shot.
The Mets were able to put Martinez in some sticky situations in his five-inning-outing, one where he issued four walks, but Martinez and the Cardinals’ defense were able to escape most of the jams. The Mets tallied two runs off Martinez, and they both came on a home run from Rene Rivera, who blasted his fourth of the season.
Other than the fourth inning, the Cardinals held New York off the scoreboard. Tyler Lyons gave the team two innings, and Kevin Siegrist and Seung Hwan each followed with a scoreless frame.
Game Two: Mets 3, Cardinals 1 — WP: Bartolo Colon (9-5) LP: Jaime Garcia (7-7) SV: Jeurys Familia (36)
After not making it out of the sixth inning in his last three starts, Mets hurler Bartolo Colon held the Cardinals to one run in his seven-inning performance, giving the Mets the edge in the second game of the doubleheader, 3-1.
The lone run Colon allowed was a home run to Jedd Gyorko (Who else?) in the top of the second, which accounted for one of the four total hits the Cardinals collected off the Mets’ pitching staff on Tuesday night.
New York received two RBIs from shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, including one on a double in the third inning.
Following Colon’s seven-inning outing, the Mets went to their stellar bullpen, sending Addison Reed out for the eighth and Jeurys Famila in the ninth; Reed and Familia each turned in a scoreless inning and recorded two of their three outs via the strikeout.
Game Three: Cardinals 5, Mets 4 — WP: Jonathan Broxton (3-2) LP: Jeurys Familia (2-2) SV: Seung Hwan Oh (6)
Trailing 4-3 after seven, the Cardinals mounted a two-run ninth inning off Mets closer Jeurys Familia to take the rubber game of the three-game series by a 5-4 score.
Logan Verrett gave the Mets an efficient seven-inning outing, one where he threw a total of 88 pitches, walked three, and whiffed seven.
Adam Wainwright — who allowed a total of three earned runs in four July starts entering Wednesday — gave up three runs in the seventh inning, two on Yoenis Cespedes’s 22 home run of the season.
Addison Reed fired a scoreless eighth inning for the Mets, setting the stage for Familia in the ninth. After recording the first out of the frame, Familia walked Jedd Gyorko, who was pinch-ran for by Randal Grichuk. On the first pitch he saw, Yadier Molina lined a double to deep center field, scoring the speedy Grichuk from first base to tie the game.
Jeremy Hazelbaker hit into a fielder’s choice, as Molina was tagged out at third for the second out of the inning. With Kolten Wong batting, Hazelbaker stole second base, and the theft proved to be key. Wong promptly doubled down the left-field line, scoring Hazelbaker to give the Cardinals a 5-4 lead.
Seung Hwan Oh set the Mets down in order in the ninth for his sixth save and to give the Cardinals a 2-1 victory in the three-game series.
-When Jeurys Familia blew the save on Wednesday, it was his first in the regular season since July 30, 2015, ending a streak of 52 saves in as many opportunities.
Cardinals: The Cardinals will commute to Florida for a four-game series with the Marlins.
Mets: The Mets will welcome the Rockies in for four games at Citi Field.