Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Recap: Game 71 - Mets (2) at Cards (5) - Wacha Outduels Niese



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St. Louis
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W: M. Wacha (5-5) L: J. Niese (3-4) S: P. Neshek (2)
HR: NYM - D. Wright (5),L. Duda (9)   STL - Y. Molina (6)

Recap:

Michael Wacha turned in another strong effort by a St. Louis starting pitcher to lead the Cardinals to a season-high fifth straight victory, a 5-2 decision over the New York Mets at Busch Stadium.

Wacha (5-5) held the Mets to a run on five hits while striking out seven over six innings of work. The young right-hander received support from Jon Jay and Matt Holliday, both of whom had two hits and came through with an RBI during a two-run fifth inning.

Yadier Molina added a solo homer for the Cardinals, who have now won eight of their last nine games and limited the opposition to a total of seven runs in those triumphs.

David Wright and Lucas Duda both homered and finished with two hits for the Mets, but New York recorded just three other hits and lost for the eighth straight time on the road and 11th in 14 tries overall.

Jon Niese (3-4) was saddled with the loss after surrendering five runs -- three earned -- through six innings.

Niese matched Wacha through the first four innings as both starters were sharp, with each reached for an early solo homer that created a 1-1 deadlock that the Cardinals broke behind a pair of big two-out hits in the fifth.

Jay put St. Louis ahead with a hard triple down the right-field line that brought home Daniel Descalso, hit by a Niese pitch earlier in the frame, and Holliday followed with a double in nearly the same spot to extend the margin to 3-1.

Wacha was able to strand Wright after a leadoff double in the top of the sixth, right before the Cardinals broke things open in their half of the inning.

After a fielding error by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy kept the inning alive, pinch-hitter Kolten Wong and Peter Bourjos came through with back- to-back RBI singles for a 5-1 St. Louis advantage.

Duda got the Mets closer by leading off the ninth with a homer off Jason Motte, who then served up a double to Anthony Recker before Pat Neshek came on to get the final three outs and earn his second save of the season.

Molina clubbed a Niese fastball over the wall in left to stake the Cardinals to a 1-0 edge in the second inning, but Wright answered with a solo blast of his own to begin the fourth.

Game Notes

For a second straight game, Mets manager Terry Collins batted the pitcher in the No. 8 spot in the lineup and had outfielder Eric Young hit ninth ... The Cardinals improved to 20-2 against NL East opponents at home over the past two seasons ... New York has now lost a series to the Cardinals for a sixth straight time when visiting Busch Stadium ... Including a win in last year's NL Championship Series, Wacha moved to 8-0 in his last 11 home starts ... The Mets fell to 3-27 this season when scoring three or less runs.

Box Score:

NY MetsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Curtis Granderson CF401010001.227
Daniel Murphy 2B400000001.295
David Wright 3B412110100.266
Bobby Abreu RF400000000.286
Lucas Duda 1B312110110.246
Anthony Recker C200000011.194
  Eric Campbell PH101010000.294
Ruben Tejada SS400000002.221
Jon Niese P200000001.043
  Chris Young PH100000001.200
  Daisuke Matsuzaka P000000000.250
  Jeurys Familia P0000000001.000
  Matt den Dekker PH100000000.156
Eric Young LF401000001.221
Totals3427240228
St. LouisABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Peter Bourjos CF401100011.210
Jon Jay RF512101001.310
Matt Holliday LF402120000.268
Allen Craig 1B400000002.260
Yadier Molina C411100102.283
Jhonny Peralta SS311010010.238
Mark Ellis 2B400000000.188
Daniel Descalso 3B321000000.175
Michael Wacha P100000000.043
  Kolten Wong PH101100000.243
  Sam Freeman P000000000.000
  Matt Adams PH101000000.333
  Jason Motte P000000000.000
  Pat Neshek P000000000.000
Totals34510531126


E_D.Murphy, B.Abreu. LOB_NY Mets 7, St. Louis 9. 2B_C.Granderson, D.Wright, L.Duda, E.Campbell, M.Holliday 2, J.Peralta. 3B_J.Jay. HR_D.Wright (5) off M.Wacha, L.Duda (9) off J.Motte, Y.Molina (6) off J.Niese. S_M.Wacha. SB_K.Wong (9).

NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Jon Niese (L 3-4)6.085313185-572.67
Daisuke Matsuzaka1.010002018-132.81
Jeurys Familia1.010011014-72.52
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Michael Wacha (W 5-5)6.051127192-602.79
Sam Freeman2.000001024-150.84
Jason Motte0.02110014-33.24
Pat Neshek (S 2)1.00000004-30.92


J.Motte pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.

HBP_by J.Niese (D.Descalso). 
WP_D.Matsuzaka.
T_2:36. A_42209.
Umpires_Home,James Hoye; First, Bill Welke; Second, Bob Davidson; Third, John Tumpane.
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