The St. Louis Cardinals (74-62) used a three-run second inning to propel themselves past Matt Harvey and the New York Mets (64-72) en route to a 5-1 victory. The Met bats fell silent yet again as the only run they could muster on the evening was a Mike Baxter sac fly in the eighth when the game was already well out of reach.
Matt Harvey (3-4, 3.04 ERA) took the loss for the Mets. His velocity was there tonight but he had command and control issues as he walked three Cardinals. The three walks is his second highest walk total in a game this year, trailing the five walks he issued against the Braves in August.
The Cardinals did most of their damage in the second inning. Yadier Molina and David Freese led off the inning with back-to-back singles. After a passed ball by catcher Kelly Shoppach, it was runners at second and third with no outs with Skip Schumaker coming to the plate. Schumaker made Harvey and the Mets pay with an RBI single to left, scoring Molina. The next batter, Daniel Descalso, singled in the second run of the inning before Harvey even recorded an out. After a sac bunt and a hit batsman, Matt Carpenter made the game 3-0 with a sac fly.
That would be all the runs Harvey gave up on the evening. Harvey’s final line on the night was 5 innings, six hits, three runs, three walks and four strikeouts. You would figure that Harvey has one or two more starts left on the season before he is shut down due to an innings limit.
Jamie Garcia (4-6, 4.16 ERA) took the win for St. Louis. He went 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball, giving up nine hits with five strikeouts.
The Mets look to avoid the sweep tomorrow with their best pitcher on the mound. R.A. Dickey (17-4, 2.63 ERA) faces off against Adam Wainwright (13-11, 3.90 ERA). First pitch is set for 1:45.
Post Game Notes
- Jeurys Familia made his Major League debut and threw a scoreless eighth inning including a strikeout of Lance Berkman. Familia struck Berkman out on a 97 MPH fastball.
- Although they managed nine hits on the night, the Mets were 0-8 with runners in scoring position and left 8 men on base.
- Baxter’s sac fly gave him his 15th RBI on the season.
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