Monday, September 3, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 5, Mets 4
By Keith Schildroth
ST. LOUIS -- The Mets' three-game winning streak is over, thanks to Cardinals rookie Joe Kelly. Kelly managed to keep them guessing for six innings as he allowed only five hits and two walks in a 5-4 victory. The Mets are still 7-2 in their last nine games, but fell to 18-31 on the road since the All-Star break. Meanwhile the Cardinals stayed a game ahead of the Dodgers in the wild-card race, pending L.A.'s night game vs. the Padres.
Mood Killer: Andres Torres was ruled out in the ninth for missing first base by first base umpire Dave Rackley on an apparent double to right field. We'll have more on that call shortly. You can watch it for yourself above.
Rough Start: Jon Jay's game-opening hit to medium left field near the foul line just glanced off the glove of Mets left fielder Lucas Duda and was ruled a triple. Jay later scored when Matt Carpenter grounded out to Daniel Murphy at second.
Going Deep: Catcher Kelly Shoppach hit his third home run since joining the club on Aug. 14. His drive off Kelly, a two-run shot deep into the left-field bleachers, measured 406 feet. Daniel Murphy also hit a two-run blast, his fifth homer of the year, to right field in the eighth.
Keeping It Close: Center fielder Torres made the defensive play of the day when he took an extra-base hit away from Matt Carpenter in the third inning. He raced into right-center field and made a nice grab over his left shoulder as he ran into the wall.
Wright to Davis: Third baseman David Wright took away a hit from Matt Holliday in the fifth inning when he dove to his right, got on his feet, and threw to first baseman Ike Davis, who picked the throw out of the dirt.
Media-Friendly: R.A. Dickey rose from his stool in the Mets dressing room before Monday's game to turn down loud music that was playing while fellow pitcher Matt Harvey was speaking to reporters. He did then proceed to make a phone call on his cell phone, but it was the thought that counted.
Up Next: Right-hander Harvey (3-3) faces lefty Jaime Garcia (3-6) at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Dickey (17-4) meets St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright (13-11) at 1:45 p.m. in the final game of the series on Wednesday.