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.
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.
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.