In Game 2 of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Mets turned to their stopper, 43-year-old All-Star Bartolo Colon, who led them to a 3-1 victory. Colon was nothing short of terrific in helping the Mets avoid the doubleheader sweep, going seven innings while allowing just one run on three hits, and adding eight strikeouts for good measure. The only blemish to his scorecard was a second-inning Jedd Gyorko solo home run, Gyorko’s second blast of the day.
While the Cardinals’ offense struggled, the Mets managed to grind out three unsightly runs off Jaime Garcia. In the third inning, with two outs and Alejandro De Aza on third base, Asdrubal Cabrera mercifully put an end to a 0-for-32 mega-slump with men in scoring position. Cabrera added a second RBI the fifth with a sacrifice fly for the Mets’ third run. In between, Wilmer Flores scored the Mets’ second run despite James Loney grounding into a double play.
With the win, the Mets continue a win-after-loss-after-win trend since returning from the All-Star break and reclaim a half-game advantage over St. Louis in the NL Wild Card standings. Logan Verrett will have the most to say regarding whether the Mets can win back-to-back games for the first time since July 8 tomorrow as he matches up against Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.
GameThread Roll Call
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