By Mike Steffanos
Game 104: Cardinals 10 - Mets 8 (14)
I guess if you want to look on the bright side, this was a game that the Mets would have lost with a lot less fight earlier this season. On the other hand, it's tough to have to burn your bullpen the way they had to last night and then not come away with a victory.
Perhaps if Brandon Knight could have made it through the first inning easier, he might have been able to come out this game with a win. After allowing a 4-spot in the first frame he was a lot better, if hardly dominating. By the time he left the game, he actually had a chance for a victory, but Carlos Muniz and Joe Smith combined to spot the Cards another 4-run inning in the sixth.
But the Mets fought back again, thanks to Delgado's second homer of the game in the bottom of that frame and more late inning heroics from Fernando Tatis, who homered in the ninth to tie it.
Five of the Mets' runs came on 4 homers, including their last 4 of the game. They had their chances to win this thing, but it was the failure to come up with a base hit in key spots that ultimately led to an "L".
Kudos for the fight they showed, but it's tough to lose winnable games when you spent the first half of the season running in place. They really need a big one from Santana today, not only to save the bullpen but also to take this series.
No pitching chart for Brandon Knight, who seems unlikely to get a second start for the Mets as things stand.