April 21, 2014: Mejia Leads Shutout of Cardinals

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Date: April 21, 2014
Mets starter: Jenrry Mejia
Mets: 2
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Jenrry Mejia
Key player(s): Jenrry Mejia, David Wright, Travis d'Arnaud
Key play: Wright’s and d'Arnaud’s singles

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Monday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Jenrry Mejia and three relievers teamed up for a shutout in a 2-0 Mets win over St. Louis.

Mejia and the Cards’ Tyler Lyons each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Jenrry gave up just a single to Matt Carpenter in the top of the third and Eric Young got a two-out single in the bottom half. Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch and David Wright singled to drive home Eric Young for a 1-0 Mets lead. Lyons then struck out Chris Young to finish off the inning.

Mejia retired the side in order in the top of the fourth. Daniel Murphy hit a single to lead off the bottom half. Josh Satin grounded to shortstop Jhonny Peralta for a double play and Travis d'Arnaud doubled to right field. Ruben Tejada was given an intentional walk and Mejia was stuck out to end the inning. Jenrry shut down the Redbirds in the top of the fifth. Lyons then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Carpenter singled with one out in the top of the sixth. Allen Craig hit a single to advance Carpenter to third base and Matt Holliday popped out to second baseman Murphy. Matt Adams was retired on a ground ball to Murphy that closed out the inning and Chris Young reached on Lyons’ error to begin the bottom half. Murphy drew a walk and (with Josh Satin at bat) a throw by catcher Yadier Molina to third baseman Carpenter caught Chris Young for an out. Satin walked and Murphy stole third. D’Arnaud hit a single to bring home Murphy with the Mets’ second run of the game. Tejada singled to load the bases and Mejia flied out to left fielder Holliday. Lyons then got Eric Young on a fly ball to center fielder Jon Jay for the inning’s third out.

Jay and Mark Ellis drew back-to-back walks against Mejia with two outs in the top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Scott Rice retired pinch-hitter Shane Robinson on a grounder to third baseman Wright to finish off the inning. St. Louis’s Pat Neshek yielded just a single to Chris Young in the bottom half and Rice fanned Carpenter to open the top of the eighth. Craig hit a ground-rule double against New York’s Carlos Torres, who followed up with strikeouts of both Holliday and Adams to end the inning. Cardinals’ reliever Eric Fornataro then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Molina singled against Mets’ reliever Kyle Farnsworth to lead off the top of the ninth. Peralta followed with a grounder to Wright for a double play. Farnsworth then got Jay to ground out to Murphy and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory to start the series.