Final Score: Cardinals 5, Mets 4
Player of the Game: Daniel Murphy- 2-for-4, 2-R HR, BB
Goat of the Game: David Rackley
Collin McHugh started for the Mets, trying to follow up a fantastic start in his MLB debut two weeks ago against Colorado. He really had a tough time. St. Louis just kept pounding the extra-base hits against him. It definitely wasn’t his day. He was pulled after just four innings. He gave up four runs on six hits. The Mets offense isn’t anything special while the Cardinals’ is one of the best in baseball. The game seemed out of reach early, but it wasn’t.
I have to admit that I was very worried when Terry Collins took McHugh out of the game. While the bullpen has been great lately, that has mostly been against bad teams. Now they were facing a top offense with numerous home run threats. However, Manny Acosta was solid. He gave the Mets two scoreless innings.
In the top of the seventh, Kelly Shoippach cut St. Louis’ lead to 4-2 with a two-run bomb to left field. That really brought back some life to the team and energized them in the later innings. Terry Collins brought in Robert Carson to begin the bottom of the inning. He hit a batter and recorded a strikeout before being replaced by Bobby Parnell. He gave up two hits, including an RBI-single by Allen Craig to extend the lead to 5-2.
The Mets rallied again in the top of the eighth. After a Ruben Tejada singled, Daniel Murphy hit his first extra-base hit in almost a month, hitting a two-run homer to right field, making it 5-4 Cardinals. A few batters late, Scott Hairston came up to bat with two runners on and one out. Hairston hit a soft liner to shortstop for the second out. The next batter Kelly Shoppach was completely fooled by Jason Motte, striking out to end the inning.
The Mets came up to bat in the top of the ninth down 5-4, with Andres Torres leading off the inning. He lined a routine liner to right field, but was sprinting all the way and was able to stretch the single into a double. However, he was called out by first base umpire David Rackley, who said Torres didn’t touch first base. Here’s a picture:
(From @MetsKevin11 on Twitter)
At first, I wasn’t sure he touched the base, but I wasn’t really looking at that when the play happened. However, looking at the replay, Torres’ foot is at an angle and it looked like he bounced off the base a little bit. Even if he didn’t touch the base, that’s not a call an umpire makes, especially late in games. Shortstops and second basemen just slide their foot near the bag at second when turning a double play and they get the call every time. This was a big mistake, and it may have cost the Mets the game. It just sucked all the momentum out of the game.
Afterwards, everyone on the Met bench was furious. Terry Collins was yelling at Rackley, and so were Daniel Murphy, Chris Young, and probably more. Just a huge momentum-killer…
- Rackley is a rookie umpire making a rookie mistake. A veteran would know to look the other way for Torres. That’s why it was so unbelievable. An umpire calling this is so unusual.
- The Mets bullpen allowed only one run in four innings today, continuing its string of dominant performances.
- Kelly Shoppach now has three home runs with the Mets, compared to the rest of the Mets catchers who have a total of two. Shoppach has only been with the team for about three weeks.