Robert Gsellman and the Mets defeated the Cardinals by a final score of 7-4. Gsellman ended up making his major league debut in the first inning when Jonathon Niese left with a leg injury.
It was an odd situation for Gsellman to come into since he had been a starter in the minors. Now he was asked to make both his first major league appearance and his first relief appearance in a high pressure situation. He did allow two inherited runners to score in that first inning but overall he acquitted himself nicely. He finished his day with a final line of 3.2 innings, no runs, two hits, two strikeouts, and three walks.
When a starter goes out in the first inning it is going to be a long night for the bullpen but including Gsellman they all pitched effectively. Josh Smoker was the only other pitcher to give up a run and the combination of Jerry Blevins, Jim Henderson, Addison Reed, and Jeurys Familia kept the pesky Cardinals off the board.
On the offensive side, the power was on display again for the Mets but this time it was not by Yoenis Cespedes. Wilmer Flores started the scoring with a three-run home run in the first and Justin Ruggiano continued his hot return with a blast to center in the fourth.
Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera both had three hits apiece at the top of the lineup and they both drove in runs in the second after the Cardinals had tied it up.
With this win the Mets are now 3.5 games out of a playoff spot.
Full recap to follow.
GameThread Roll Call
Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the GameThread embiggens us all.