By Mike Steffanos
Mets 2 - Cardinals 1 (11)
Played Monday, June 25, 2007
When Carlos Gomez homered off Mike Maroth in the third inning to put the Mets up 1-0, it was their second hit of the game. It took the Mets 8 innings to get their next hit. That kind of hitting should have sealed their fate in the series openr against St. Louis, but great pitching by Jorge Sosa and 4 relievers kept them in the game until their third hit of the game sailed off Shawn Green's bat and deep into the Flushing night.
After Sosa limited the Cardinals to a run on 6 hits through 6, it looked like it might get away in the seventh when Joe Smith walked leadoff batter Gary Bennett and then gave up a single to Maroth. The Cardinals caught the Mets napping with a double steal with their catcher and pitcher, and things looked dire with runners on second and third, no outs. But Smith came back and induced a soft grounder from Taguchi and striking out Aaron Miles on a slider that stayed up. After intentionally walking Pujols, Pedro Feliciano retired Spiezio on a comebacker to end the threat. Like the Mets, the Cardinals would not get another hit until the eleventh.
Give Sosa credit for this one. He came back from 2 awful starts to keep his team in a tight game. He threw a few more balls than I would have liked, but it was a solid effort. Having said that, I wasn't surprised when they took him out after 6 innings and 101 pitches. I thought the Cardinals were starting to read him pretty well over his last couple of innings.
|Jorge Sosa (Last 5 Starts)|
|Season (10 Games)||59.1||27||25||51||34||20||5||3.79||1.18||7-3|
While the offense as a whole was quite disappointing (yes, Maroth was sharp, but give me a break), Carlos Gomez continues to shine as he makes a case to stay with the Mets. That home run was quite a shot, as he continues to display the tools that make him an elite prospect.
After the game Wagner, who was dominant in 2 innings of work, called Pedro Feliciano the best reliever in the bullpen. He has come quite a way from being the guy who was sent down after spring training this year. Not only has he become one of the best lefty relievers in the game, an argument can be made that he is one of the best relievers from either side, period.
After a long stretch of finding ways to lose, at the very least it was good to see the Mets pull one out like this one. Still, I hope they bring the bats to tonight's game.