Earlier today, the New York Mets squared off against the St. Louis Cardinals in a spring training game. It is safe to say the game was entertaining, as the Mets ended up winning 5-3, after being down 3-0 in the 7th inning. Below, I will recap the main events and turning point of the game.
Mets Pitching Struggles Early
The Mets pitching got off to a rocky start, as the Cardinals scored two runs in the second inning off newly signed Met pitcher Taijuan Walker. The first off the Cardinals runs came on a single by catcher Andrew Knizner. However, the Cardinals weren’t done yet. Later in the same inning shortstop Edmundo Sosa drove in a run on a sacrifice fly. The score was then 2-0 Cardinals. A bit later, the Cardinals added another. In the fourth inning, right fielder Justin Willams took Mets new pitcher Trevor May deep. The score was now 3-0 St. Louis.
If the Mets want to contend this season, their pitching additions in the offseason must pan out well. While the Mets were down, they are never out.
Mets Fight Back Behind 7th Inning Rally
As many say, never count the Mets out of a game. Down 3-0, the team came back in just one inning to take a 5-3 lead.
To start the rally, Kevin Pillar, one of the teams recent acquisitions, singled to make it a 3-1 game. Following that, second baseman and depth piece Jose Peraza, grounded into a fielders choice, which prompted a run to score. 3-2 ballgame. Mets 2020 draft selection Pete Crow-Armstrong tied the game at three on a wild pitch. One player that has been making a big impact this spring has been shortstop prospect Ronny Mauricio. He hit a two-run homer, which gave the Mets a 5-3 advantage. Despite getting himself into a bases loaded, zero out jam, relief pitcher Samuel McWillams secured the teams win.
With this victory, the Mets improve to 4-3-1, while the Cardinals fall to 2-3 with the loss. New York is off tomorrow before playing the Houston Astros on Thursday evening. Meanwhile, the Cardinals look to get back on track against the Washington Nationals tomorrow.