Game Recap: Matz Struggles In 9-1 Loss To Cardinals

The New York Mets (15-7) dropped this one against the St. Louis Cardinals (14-9) at Busch Stadium by a score of 9-1 in the second game of the series.

Pitching

Steven Matz pitched for the Mets and was good for his first two innings but struggled his third inning. Matz gave up an infield hit to Kolten Wong and then made an error on a bunt. The dam broke soon after that. Matz gave up a sac-fly to Dexter Fowler and a two-run single to Marcell Ozuna.

All three runs that inning were unearned but in the fourth, Matz gave up three earned runs (along with an unearned run). The defense did not help Matz much but he did not help himself either.

In 3 1/3 inning, Matz allowed seven runs (three earned), five hits, and two walks while striking out three.

Corey Oswalt came on in the fourth with the bases loaded and one-out. Oswalt allowed two runs to score but got out of the inning. The next inning, Oswalt gave up a two-run homer to Jed Gyrko but after that, Oswalt did not allow another runner to reach base.

Oswalt pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief and saved the rest of the bullpen some work after Matz’s poor start. Not bad for his MLB debut.

Offense

The Mets got a run in the third after Jay Bruce drove in Michael Conforto with two outs. The Mets did reach base eight times but just could not get enough offense going.

Todd Frazier reached base twice in the loss. Amed Rosario, Yoenis Cespedes, and Michael Conforto also got hits in the game.

The Mets lineup combined to strike out 12 times in the game. These games happen from time-to-time but it was not fun to watch for sure.

Tomorrow

Noah Syndergaard will go for the series win in the regular season finale with the St. Louis Cardinals who will counter with Carlos Martinez. The game will start at 1:15 p.m. and air on SNY.

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I became a Mets fan in the 2008 season. Since the Alderson regime, I've embraced saber-metrics and advanced stats to back up my eye tests. I study computer science at Stony Brook