Despite Johan Santana giving up six runs in the first inning alone, the Mets fought back and tied the game. Unfortunately, the Mets have not been a good extra-innings team, losing their eighth such game of the season, 8-7 vs. the Cardinals in 13 innings.
Caption: David Wright, left, reacts after he was put out by St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker while trying to stretch a sixth-inning single into a double on July 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
As a team, you want your ace to start a game, building on the previous night’s starter’s excellent effort to keep the momentum going. Santana could not do that as he allowed the eight hits, the first time in his career that he gave up as many hits and runs in the first inning.
Santana settled back down, eventually lasting 5 2/3 innings. He was pulled in the sixth inning after Matt Holliday doubled off him to score the seventh run.
The Mets, to their credit, battled back. In his first start of his major league career, Mike Hessman hit a two-run double in the second inning to close the gap to 6-2.
The Mets wouldn’t score again until the sixth inning. David Wright actually got a leadoff hit, but he was thrown out at second as he overslid the bag. That mistake would hurt even more because Carlos Beltran proceeded to hit his first home run of the year to make it 6-3.
In the eighth inning, the Mets added some more runs after Angel Pagan hit a two-run homer. Wright hit a single and advanced to second after Hessman was hit by a pitch. Josh Thole walked to load the bases. Ike Davis, whom Hessman was filling in for, came in to pinch hit. He sneaked one to right field scoring two more to tie the game.
The Mets had the momentum going into the ninth inning, but they couldn’t capitalize even though they had two runners on with one out.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched two scoreless innings. Bobby Parnell pitched another but was pulled after allowing a hit in his second inning of work.
Pedro Feliciano relieved Parnell in the 12th inning and retired the side. It was the 13th where he ran into trouble and ultimately lost the game. He hit Skip Schumaker and walked Felipe Lopez. After inducing an out, Albert Pujols hit the go-ahead RBI.
The Mets couldn’t do a thing against Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin. They were out of bench players because Jason Bay was unavailable due to a mild concussion. Raul Valdes, who had pitched the final out in the top of the 13th, actually had to bat.
So, once again they failed to win back-to-back games and haven’t done so in almost a month. They lost ground again to the Phillies and the Braves. The Mets need to win the series as Mike Pelfrey takes the mound on Thursday afternoon.