Mets Two in the Lou Series Review
The series began Monday night as the Brooklyn Nets crumbled in the most inglorious way possible. Keeping an eye on the MLB app, I only saw zeros from the Mets and Cardinals. Max Scherzer was on the mound and was once again dominant for the Mets. The Mets ace went seven innings, allowing two hits and striking out ten. The Cardinals, meanwhile, got an equally solid start from Myles Mikolas. Mikolas went seven, allowing five hits with five strikeouts. In the eighth, the Cardinals broke through, scoring two runs on a single loaded by Tyler O’Neill against Trevor May.
Trailing 2-0 and facing Giovanny Gallegos, closer to the Cardinals, things looked bleak for New York. Pete Alonso flew to the center. Eduardo Escobar hit a single, but Robinson Cano blew away to put the Cardinals away for the win. Escobar advanced on defensive indifference, while Mark Canha had a big hit at bat, fouling several pitches with two strikes before a grounder at third. Nolan Arenado hesitated and threw the ball wide, allowing Escobar to score. Jeff McNeil followed with a brace, as Canha was third, giving the Mets two runners in running position with Dom Smith as the pinch hitter. Smith hit a scorcher at first which was trapped by Paul Goldschmidt. However, Gallegos hesitated to cover first, allowing Smith to dive safely as the Mets scored two runs to take the lead. Brandon Nimmo hit a home run off reliever TJ McFarland as the Mets won the game 5-2, giving them the kind of magical victory that makes a year-end video.
Chris Bassitt got the start in Game 2 for the Mets, while Jordan Hicks started for St. Louis. In the second inning, Dom Smith hit a line on Hicks. The Cardinals pitcher stayed in the game but ran into trouble in the third. Jeff McNeil and James McCann had back-to-back doubles as Hicks left the game with his wrist starting to tighten. The Mets added a second run on a Starling Marte single, as the Cardinals bullpen held the Mets for the next five innings.
Chris Bassitt was strong again, throwing six innings and allowing two hits with six strikeouts. As the game got late, tensions mounted as Pete Alonso was hit in the head by Kodi Whatley. The Mets had three batters hit during the game, with Starling Marte being hit in the ninth inning to force a run. Drew Smith, Adam Ottavino and Edwin Diaz allowed just one hit in three innings as the Mets won 3-0.
Looking for the sweep, the Mets took a 4-1 lead in the second inning against Steven Matz, with doubles from Tomas Nido and Brandon Nimmo. However, it was clear Carlos Carrasco didn’t have his best as the Cardinals recovered two runs in the third with Nolan Arenado ripping a two-run single. In the fourth, the roof collapsed as the Cardinals scored five runs, with the eighth coming at the expense of Carrasco, who failed to come out of the fourth inning.
The Cardinals had every play, as Mark Canha and Luis Guillorme were ejected on base with solid pitches from Tyler O’Neill and Dylan Carlson in the sixth inning. JD Davis was hit in the ankle by a pitch in the eighth, setting up the bench clearance incident in the eighth inning. Yoan Lopez’s first pitch in the eighth was high and tight against Nolan Arenado. After 19 batters were hit, the Mets had had enough and sent a message. Arenado attempted to charge the mound, which cleared both benches.
After the game, the close quarters fight was the talk of the town as Cardinals manager Ollie Marmol forgot Pete Alonso had been drilled in the head and clashed against Lopez’s high and tight pitch who didn’t made contact with Arenado. Nolan Arenado could have taken the field like Alonso did and kept the game going, but the classless Cardinals tried to start a fight forgetting that this year’s Mets are different and aren’t going to put up with it anymore.