The Mets were served a deflating 5-4 defeat as Jeurys Familia was cracked for two runs in the ninth, ending his consecutive saves streak and dropping the Mets behind St. Louis in the Wild Card Standings.
Familia had a 4-3 lead to work with thanks to a dramatic two-run home run by Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh, which at the time looked like it might stand as a season-defining moment. Instead, Familia gave up a four-pitch, one-out walk to Jedd Gyorko, followed by a Yadier Molina double that scored pinch-runner Randal Grichuk to tie the score. Then with two outs, Kolten Wong ripped a double to give the Cardinals the final margin.
Logan Verrett kept the Mets in the game by pitching a season-high seven innings, keeping the Redbirds off the board apart from a three-run hiccup in the third. He only gave up two hits and two walks outside of that inning, allowing five hits and three walks overall alongside seven strikeouts.
Neil Walker broke out of his recent slump by going 3-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. Multi-hit nights were also recorded in the losing effort by Cespedes (2-for-4), James Loney (2-for-4), and Travis d’Arnaud (2-for-3). Aside from Cespedes’s homer, the Mets went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position, finishing the series at 4-for-33 in such situations.
New York starts a four-game series against Colorado tomorrow at 1:10 PM with Jacob deGrom on the mound against impressive lefty rookie Tyler Anderson.
You can read a full recap of the game and the ghosts it raised here.
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