Adam Wainwright Pitches a Gem; Mets Shutout, 3-0
The story of the first two games of a four game set between the Mets and Cards was outstanding pitching by both teams. The starter for the Mets on Monday, Jenrry Mejia, pitched 6.2 scoreless frames and the 2-0 win was saved by Kyle Farnsworth. Mejia extended his scoreless innings streak to 13.2 by his outstanding performance on Monday.
The 32 year-old starter for the Cards on Tuesday, Adam Wainwright, was at least as impressive as Mejia was on the previous day. Coming off a complete game, two hit,shutout of the Washington Nationals on April 17, the experienced righty blanked the Mets for seven innings.
Wainwright was particularly efficient with his pitches, throwing only 79 in seven frames, 54 of them strikes. He could have gone all the way except for an injury suffered during the seventh. It was later announced that Wainwright had hyperextended his right knee. It appeared that the injury was not serious and wainwright would be able to make his next scheduled start on Sunday.
Wainwright yielded only four singles and did not walk a batter. He only faced the potential of giving up a run in one inning, the fifth.
Daniel Murphy led off with a single. The next batter, Chris Young drove the ball to deep left, where Matt Holiday leaped and speared the baseball before it entered the stands for a home run, which would have tied the score at 2. Lucas Duda then singled but was erased in an inning ending double play.
Mets skipper Terry Collins recognized Wainwright’s talent in a post-game statement, “He [Wainwright] was really good. He moved the ball in and out. He doesn’t beat himself. We couldn’t mount an offense.”
Wainwright’s own words regarding his performance were very similar to those of Collins, “I’m more of a complete pitcher than I’ve ever been. Just using all of my pitches, pitching to both sides of the plate, [itching in and pitching out.”
Wainwright extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 17 and lowered his 2014 ERA to 1.46.
Mets starter, Dillon Gee, also had one difficult inning, the fourth, but two runs scored which was the difference in the result of the game. Gee walked Holiday, the first batter. Three singles followed by Matt Adams, Javier Molina, the 13th game of his current hitting streak and center fielder John Jay, whose single drove in two runs. A walk to Jhonny Peralta loaded the sacks with no out, but Gee retired the next three batters without giving up another run.
Despite suffering the loss, Gee spoke with satisfaction of his work in the fourth, “I thought I limited the damage in that one inning. That was a big step for me. I was very proud ofmyself for that.”
A final run for the Cardinals was scored in the ninth off Jose Valverde, but it had no impact upon the outcome.
The third game of the series on Wednesday evening may again focus on great pitching as Michael Wacha (2-1, 1.73) of St. Louis will start against Jonathon Niese (0-2, 2.84) of the Mets.