9-5, 1st Place National League Central
NY Mets 4
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Apparently the extra day of rest didn't do much to help Todd Wellemeyer Tuesday. He looked terribly rusty and had an awful time finding the plate. He spotted the Mets a 4-0 lead by getting behind hitters and being forced to get over the plate with runners in scoring position.
The only reason the Cardinals were still in the game after an inning was because Yadier Molina picked off yet another napping baserunner at first. At the time, Wellemeyer was getting killed and the Mets could have easily been up 4-0 instead of 2-0 after one frame. And Yadi picked off another one a couple of innings later... unfortunately the first base umpire blew the call and deemed the runner safe. Replays clearly indicated otherwise.
The scariest moment of the game came when starter Adam Wainwright pinch hit in the seventh inning because the Cardinals are carrying 13 pitchers and have a short bench. It's tough to watch the team's second best starter fill that role when it's ace, Chris Carpenter, stands to miss two months of the season because he was injured while hitting.
It was a miracle that the Cardinals nailed the Mets baserunner at the plate in the top of the eighth after letting the ball get away when he tagged up at second on a sacrifice fly. But Carlos Beltran didn't slide and a perfect throw from Joe Thurston coupled with the fact that Beltran stepped on Molina's foot and not the plate, kept New York from scoring the go ahead run
Welcome back Rick Ankiel, who had three hits Tuesday to bust through the .200 mark -- and drive in the go ahead run.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Rick Ankiel, whose swing suddenly looks a whole lot healthier. Too bad the breakout probably means his cheesy 70s moustache is probably here to stay for a while.
Lowlight: Wellemeyer needed to give the Cardinals some innings to try to keep their weak and worn bullpen out of the picture as much as possible. But he was torched for 10 hits, two walks and four earned runs before exiting after five innings pitched.