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The bats have been all-or-none for the Mets the past few days, and today was one of the "all" variety. The scoring got started in the 3rd inning with a Luis Hernandez triple that brought in 2 runs. Luis Castillo singled him in shortly after. Later in the inning with Angel Pagan on base, David Wright hit one to center field, and Shane Robinson made an error. Pagan scored, but the Cardinals were able to get the ball to the plate in time to throw out Wright.
From then on, the Mets scored at least one run in every inning they played. In the 4th, Scott Hairston hit a solo home run. With Jose Reyes and Luis Castillo on base in the 5th, Angel Pagan homered. Justin Turner singled in Chin-lung Hu in the 6th, and in the 7th, Scott Hairston hit another home run. The 8th inning featured another Mets run courtesy of a fielding miscue by the Cardinals and a ground-rule double by Willie Harris that brought in the final 2 runs of the game.
As for the Mets' pitchers, Pat Misch started the game and gave up 3 runs in 3.2 innings with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Oliver Perez was summoned with 2 outs in the 4th inning to face left-handed hitting Daniel Descalso and got him to pop up to Luis Castillo. Blaine Boyer threw 2 scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts, Tim Bydark threw a scoreless inning, and Taylor Buccholz matched Boyer, throwing 2 scoreless with 3 K's.
Neither Daniel Murphy nor Brad Emaus played in this game, but Castillo and Turner each had successful days at the plate. Since Luis Hernandez's name has been mentioned as a long-shot possibility for the job, it's worth mentioning he had a good day, but he hasn't played an inning at the position yet this spring.
Next up for the Mets is a home game on Tuesday night against the Nationals, which will not be broadcast locally.
Game Thread Roll Call
Quite the active game thread today. Here's the top 5.
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