Thursday, April 24, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 21 - Cardinals (2) at Mets (3) - Mets Survive Threat, Niese gets first Win


St. Louis

New York

W: J. Niese (1-2) L: M. Wacha (2-2) S: K. Farnsworth (2)
HR: STL - None   NYM - L. Duda (4)


St. Louis pitcher Michael Wacha recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts over four innings, but he also issued five walks -- two of them with the bases loaded -- in the Cardinals' 3-2 loss to the New York Mets.

It was a wacky Wednesday night for Wacha (2-2), whose first nine outs of the game came via strikeout. The right-hander walked home two runs in the fourth, however, to put the Cardinals behind. Wacha exited after 93 pitches and set a career low for innings pitched in a start.

Lucas Duda hit a solo homer for the Mets, who saw starter Jon Niese (1-2) give up one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Trailing 3-1, the Cardinals almost made a comeback in the ninth. Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter hit consecutive one-out singles off Kyle Farnsworth before pinch- hitter Daniel Descalso followed with a double to left-center field which easily scored Jay. Carpenter also tried to score but was tagged out at the plate. The call was confirmed via video replay.

Matt Holliday then flied out to end the game, giving Farnsworth his second save of the season.

Earlier, Yadier Molina's RBI double in the first inning gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead.

The Mets figured out Wacha in the fourth. Chris Young reached on a fielder's choice, Duda walked and Travis d'Arnaud singled to load the bases with one out. Ruben Tejada then drew a walk to force in a run and after Niese struck out looking, Wacha walked Kirk Nieuwenhuis to plate another run.

Duda led off the sixth with a homer off Seth Maness, making it 3-1 New York.

St. Louis put men on second and third with one out in the eighth, but Jhonny Peralta popped out and pinch-hitter Matt Adams flied out to end the threat.

Game Notes

Niese improved to 4-1 lifetime against the Cardinals ... St. Louis fell to 5-5 on an 11-game road trip ... New York improved to 3-3 on a 10-game homestand ... Molina, who went 3-for-3, extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Box Score:

Matt Carpenter 3B514010000.296
Mark Ellis 2B400000002.125
  Daniel Descalso PH101110000.136
Matt Holliday LF400000010.253
Allen Craig 1B401000000.188
Yadier Molina C303120010.367
Jhonny Peralta SS400000000.151
Peter Bourjos CF300000000.178
  Randy Choate P000000000.000
  Pat Neshek P000000000.000
  Matt Adams PH100000000.342
  Eric Fornataro P000000000.000
Shane Robinson RF401000001.105
Michael Wacha P100000001.000
  Kolten Wong PH100000001.219
  Seth Maness P000000000.000
  Jon Jay CF211000000.304
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF300100012.188
Curtis Granderson RF301000011.125
David Wright 3B400000003.284
Daniel Murphy 2B401000001.277
Chris Young LF410000001.200
Lucas Duda 1B321100111.271
Travis d`Arnaud C301000011.190
Ruben Tejada SS300100012.193
Jon Niese P200000012.000
  Daisuke Matsuzaka P000000000.000
  Carlos Torres P000000000.000
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  Kyle Farnsworth P000000000.000

E_J.Peralta. LOB_St. Louis 10, NY Mets 8. 2B_M.Carpenter, D.Descalso, Y.Molina 2. HR_L.Duda (4) off S.Maness.

Michael Wacha (L 2-2)4.0322510093-542.10
Seth Maness1.211102126-133.38
Randy Choate0.100010019-121.50
Pat Neshek1.000001015-111.86
Eric Fornataro1.000001017-100.00
Jon Niese (W 1-2)6.261123095-632.45
Daisuke Matsuzaka (H 1)0.10000104-32.08
Carlos Torres (H 3)0.220000022-161.38
Scott Rice (H 3)0.10000006-47.20
Kyle Farnsworth (S 2)1.031101019-131.74

R.Choate pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

T_3:08. A_21981.
Umpires_Home,Marty Foster; First, Alan Porter; Second, Rob Drake; Third, Jeff Kellogg.

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