Sunday, April 18, 2010

Wild One: Mets Meet Omar's Wish of Winning One In St. Louis, It Just Took 20 Innings To Do It

It what was probably one of the more ridiculous, and eventually messy, games I've ever seen/followed the Mets FINALLY defeated the Cardinals tonight 2-1 in 20 innings (boxscore/wrap).

In a game that took almost 7 hours, two sac-flys and 9 pitchers for the Mets, the Mets got a much needed victory in St. Louis.  That's one against the Cardinals, so hitting Omar's goal was important to achieve.  Consider that mission accomplished.

Honestly, there isn't much to say about this game, but, WOW.  No runs were scored until the 19th inning, when the Mets took a one run lead on Francoeur's sac-fly.  K-Rod then immediately blew the lead in the bottom of the 19th when Yadier Molina drove in Albert Pujols with two outs to tie it up.  Almost immediately after that Joe Mather (yes, the back-up outfielder) gave up a sacrifice fly to Jose Reyes which eventually won it for the Mets.

This game got nutty.  Kyle Lohse was playing left field for the Cardinals, Felipe Lopez threw an inning and Joe Mather pitched two innings himself.  Meanwhile it took the Mets 12 innings to get more than one hit, Mike Pelfrey got the save, and Francoeur, Reyes and Bay all went 0-7 on the day. 

I know this was a nice win for the Mets, as a loss tonight MIGHT have actually sent some fans off a bridge, but it wasn't pretty.  And I hate to be a debbie downer on this one, BUT this was pretty poor timing with the 'pen being depleted before a game in which John Maine will start...ugh...

And I think it's also worth it to point out that Ubaldo Jimenez threw a no-no against the Braves tonight.  What a wild day in the MLB.

Tomorrow night the Mets and Cardinals are back at it at 8, on ESPN.  It'll be interesting to see if the Mets can surpass the lofty goal, set by their GM, of one win in St. Louis.  We'll find out tomorrow....

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