The New York Mets were coming off game 1 of a doubleheader with the St Louis Cardinals in a game where they didn’t hit at all. The Mets opted for the opener this game with Miguel Castro getting the start. There was also a shakeup in the lineup in game 2, as struggling Fransisco Lindor and James McCann were out of the lineup. That move would pay dividends as their replacements would come through for the Mets in their 7-2 win.
Mets Get Going Early
The Mets got going in the 2nd inning of this one as they put up a 3 spot. A Dominic Smith single and a Kevin Pillar double set the Mets up with 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. However, the next 2 batters, Jonathan Villar and Jose Peraza both failed to drive the runs in. The Mets were then faced with the potential of coming out of the inning empty-handed which has happened so many times this season.
Things quickly changed. Cardinals starter Johan Oviedo threw a wild pitch to plate the first run of the game. Then shortly after, Tomas Nido, who was in for McCann, blasted a 2 run homer to extend the Mets lead to 3-0.
Pitching Bends But Doesn’t Break
With a 3-0 lead, the Mets turned to Jordan Yamamoto to make his Mets debut. Things went well, but there were small blemishes. Ali Sanchez hit a 2 out double in the bottom of the 2nd with the pitcher Oviedo stepping up to the plate. He would come threw with a base hit to center. But Kevin Pillar came up with a throw to nail Sanchez at home, keeping the score 3-0. Yamamoto then allowed 2 more hits in the bottom of the 3rd but didn’t allow a run.
After a Jonathan Villar, playing short stop over Lindor, hit a solo shot in the top of the 4th, Yamamoto went out for the bottom half with a 4 run lead. Things got dicey quick though. He hit the leadoff batter of the inning, Tyler O’Neill, who eventually stole 2nd. Yamamoto got 2 straight outs but was pulled after 2.2 innings.
Aaron Loup came into the game but surrendered a single to Dylan Carlson to make it 4-1 Mets. Another single made it 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. But Loup got Matt Carpenter to fly out and end the inning with just 1 run given up.
More Mets Offense
Jeff McNeil began the top of the 5th with a single. A Michael Conforto walk put 2 runners on. Dom Smith flew out, but the red hot Kevin Pillar stepped up and delivered a run-scoring single. Then Villar drove in another run with an infield single to make it 6-1 Mets.
The Mets threatened for another big inning in the top of the 7th looking to add on to what became a 6-2 lead. They loaded the bases with nobody out, and Pillar hit into a fielder’s choice to plate the 7th Mets run. That’s all they would get, however, as Villar struck out and Peraza lined out.
Jeurys Familia was handed the ball to protect the 5 run lead in the bottom of the 7th, and final inning due to doubleheader rules. He allowed a hit, but that was all, and the Mets walked out with a split of today’s doubleheader, taking the nightcap 7-2.