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Post-Game: Cardinals 12 Mets 8


Post-Game: Cardinals 12 Mets 8
Apr. 23, 2009 (MetsBlog delivered by Newstex ) --

The Mets lost to the Cardinals by the score of 12 to 8 in St. Louis today.

For a full recap, boxscore, go to SNY.tv.

The least you should know:Livan Hernandez allowed seven runs on nine hits, three of which were home runs, two from Albert Pujols, in just five innings. Sean Green followed in Hernandezs footsteps, giving up five runs in two innings of relief. The Cardinals totaled eight extra base hits, drove in 12 runs and looked like the team leading their league in runs scored, which they are.Random Thoughts:First, let me say, I am glad to see the Mets fight back in this game, scoring two runs on a Ryan Church home run in the seventh, as well as three more runs thanks to a Carlos Beltran home run in the eighth inning. Eventually, though, it will have to take more than a home run to score runs; a sustained, multi-hit rally would be nice. That said, the Mets bullpen, and Hernandez, looked to be throwing batting practice ? just meatball after meatball over home plate ? and the Cardinals put on a hit parade. In the middle of the sixth inning, I ran a poll on MetsBlog.com, in which 96 percent of people who responded said they did not believe the Mets would come back to win the game when down four runs at the time. David Wright hit a single the other way, with one out, to drive in Jose Reyes during the fifth inning. Gary Sheffield is looking better at the plate, despite hitting in to an inning-ending double play during a fifth-inning rally. He also wouldve had a double earlier, had it not been for an amazing Superman-type catch from Rick Ankiel and his costume-grade mustache. Carlos Delgado, if youre going to dive for the Baseball, you may also want to stick your glove out and try to catch it. No matter who played second base this series for the Cardinals , he has looked like a Gold Glove infielder. Carlos Beltran is hitting the ball ?right on the screws, as they say. Pujols is an animal. Its just not fair. Starring in the role of Haywood today, Mr. Jason LaRue. Alex Cora would likely have pulled in LaRues line drive during the fourth, ending the inning, but a hit and run pulled him toward second base to cover, and the ball sailed just short of his glove. Instead, the inning continued. The seven, eight and nine hitters for the Cardinals had three straight, two-out RBI hits against Hernandez. Thankfully, a running, reaching catch in the gap from Ryan Church ended the rally. And so, today alone, I have been sent 27 e-mails about the teams perceived lack of ?passion, ?urgency, etc., and 11 e-mails suggesting Dan Warthen and/or Howard Johnson be fired. I cant believe we are already at his point, just 15 games in to the season; but here we are.The New York Mets: Johan Santana Edition take on the Nationals tomorrow, in Citi (NYSE:C) Field, for the first game of a three-game series.

Newstex ID: Mets-0001-34366682


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 24, 2009

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