The Mets (6-9) flamed out and got swept by the Cardinals (11-5) despite the new look lineup. They did bang out 13 hits, but unfortunately for them the Cardinals hammered our pitching for 12 runs and 18 hits.
Livan Hernandez started and he was hit hard right from the start when Albert Pujols tagged him for the first of two homeruns in the first inning. Hernandez pitched 4.1 innings and allowed 7 earned runs on 9 hits and a walk while striking out none. This was a huge blow for the Mets who were hoping that Livan could pick up the slack after dismal performances by Oliver Perez and John Maine. No such luck.
Brain Stokes relieved Hernandez and got the last two outs in the fifth inning, but all hell broke lose when Sean Green came out to start the sixth inning. In two innings he was roughed up for 5 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. Yikes!
Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless inning and ended the carnage.
Carlos Beltran is the hottest player in the National League right now. He padded his league leading batting average with three more hits today including a three-run homer and is now hitting .404. If he keep this up he may be the Mets first ever MVP.
David Wright had a couple of hits batting number five, and he also drove in a run and scored one. Ryan Church also added a couple of hits including his first homer of the season in the seventh inning, a two run blast.
A couple of Mets got their first hits of the season today, Alex Cora who started at second base and Fernando Tatis who pinch hit and took over at third base for Wright.
Player of the Game
Carlos Beltran excelled as the number three hitter going 3-5 including a double and a three-run homer.
The Mets head back to Citi Field for a weekend series with the Washington Nationals. Johan Santana should snap our four game losing streak on Friday.