July 20, 2011: Mets Come Back Twice to Beat Cardinals
|Date: July 20, 2011|
|Mets starter: R. A. Dickey|
|Winning pitcher: Jason Isringhausen|
|Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Josh Thole, Angel Pagan|
|Key play: Beltran’s home run in 5th, Thole’s single in 8th, Pagan’s home run in 10th|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games with 30,770 fans on hand. The Mets came from behind twice for a 6-5 win over St. Louis.
The top of the first inning began with a double by Cards’ leadoff batter Skip Schumaker. A sacrifice bunt by Jon Jay advanced Schumaker to third base. Matt Holliday hit a fly ball to center fielder Angel Pagan after which Schumaker scored the game’s first run. Mets’ starter R. A. Dickey walked Lance Berkman and retired David Freese on a ground ball back to the mound. The Mets were set down in order by Redbirds’ starter Kyle McClellan in the bottom of the inning. Dickey and McClellan then pitched scoreless ball in the second.
McClellan and Schumaker got back-to-back singles to open the top of the third inning. Dickey threw a wild pitch that moved the runners to second and third. Jay’s ground out to second baseman Justin Turner brought home McClellan and a double by Holliday plated Schumaker. Berkman singled to score Holliday from second and increase the Cardinals’ lead to 4-0. Dicker then struck out Freese and got Colby Rasmus on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Jose Reyes.
In the bottom of the third, Lucas Duda led off with an infield single along the third base line. Josh Thole followed with a double to score Duda. A single by Dickey brought home Thole to reduce the St. Louis lead to 4-2. McClellan recorded outs on the next three batters to end the inning. Dickey shut down the Redbirds in the top of the fourth and the Mets failed to score after a leadoff double by Daniel Murphy in the bottom half. R. A. then pitched a scoreless top of the fifth despite hitting Schumaker with a pitch and yielding a single to Holliday.
Dickey got his second hit of the game with a leadoff single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Reyes hit into a force play and Turner struck out. Carlos Beltran followed with a two-run homer to tie the game. Murphy grounded back to McClellan for the third out. Dickey and McClellan then pitched scoreless ball in the sixth.
Daniel Descalso led off the top of the seventh with a single on which he advanced to second on Pagan’s error. Pinch-hitter Nick Punto’s sacrifice bunt moved Descalso to third base. Mets’ reliever Tim Byrdak retired pinch-hitter Tony Cruz on a ground ball to Reyes. For the Cardinals, Albert Pujols came up to pinch-hit for Jay. Reliever Pedro Beato got Pujols to foul out to first baseman Duda and end the inning. St. Louis reliever Lance Lynn then held the Mets scoreless in the bottom half.
Holliday singled off the Mets’ Bobby Parnell to start the top of the eighth inning. Berkman’s deep fly ball to left fielder Willie Harris and Freese’s ground out to Turner moved Holliday around to third. Rasmus was given an intentional walk and a bunt single by Gerald Laird scored Holliday to put the Cards ahead, 5-4. Parnell then struck out Descalso to end the inning.
Pagan led off the bottom of the eighth by reaching first base on an error by shortstop Descalso. A pair of ground outs advanced Angel to third. Against St. Louis reliever Jason Motte, Thole hit a single to left field that plated Pagan with the tying run. Motte got pinch-hitter Scott Hairston to line out to second baseman Punto. In the top of the ninth inning, Jason Isringhausen set down the Redbirds in order. Cardinals’ reliever Fernando Salas then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Isringhausen struck out Holliday and Berkman to begin the top of the 10th. Freese drew a walk and Rasmus singled to center field. Jason got Laird on an inning-ending force play grounder to third baseman Murphy. Daniel fouled out to third baseman Freese to lead off the bottom half. Pagan then hit a home run over the right field wall to end the game. The Mets had an exciting victory that featured two comebacks.