The New York Mets were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 Wednesday night in 13 innings. On a night when both the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies win, the Mets needed to come up victorious in the extra inning battle. They now fall back 7.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves, and are only one game ahead of the 4th place Florida Marlins. What exactly happened in this wild game?

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Initial Reaction:

Johan Santana took off against the rookie sensation Jaime Garcia in the middle game of the three-game set. Santana pitched his worst game since May 2nd, in which he allowed 10 runs in 3.2 innings. The Cardinals were jumping on him early, and kept tacking on hits and producing runs. Before Johan could blink, the Mets were down 6-0 in the first inning.

The Mets quickly got on the scoreboard though with a Mike Hessman 2-run double in the bottom of the 1st. When Santana let up another run in the 6th, the Mets offense countered with a run of their own off a solo homerun by Carlos Beltran. The Mets then exploded for four runs in the 8th inning, off two-run homerun for Angel Pagan, and a two-run double by Ike Davis to tie the game at 7-7. The bullpen battled hard in extras, but the Cardinals got the last laugh, attacking Pedro Feliciano in the 13th to drive in the eventual winning run.

Tough loss, but Mets showed great ability in coming from behind tonight. It’s a step forward for the lineup, no doubt.

Positives From The Game:

Bullpen: Outside of Feliciano, the Mets relievers pitched 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. They gave the Mets offense a great chance to win the game.

Comeback: Down 6-0 before even coming to bat, the Mets offense was impressive tonight, tying the game to force it into extra innings. This will only boost the confidence of an otherwise lackluster lineup.

Negatives From The Game:

The Ace: Johan Santana REALLY struggled tonight. He gave up six runs before even completing an inning. In the end, he pitched 5.2 innings, allowing seven runs on thirteen hits and a walk. What. A. Disaster.

Pedro: After the bullpen pitched well, Pedro Feliciano was credited with the loss, after giving up the game-winning RBI on an Albert Pujols‘ single. It’s his second consecutive relief appearance in which he has allowed a run and a loss.

Interesting Facts:

13: The most hits Johan Santana has allowed in one game during his entire career.

16: Pitchers used in the 13 inning game.

37: Number of runners left on base for both teams.

September 25, 2008: The last time Mike Hessman had recorded a major league hit as a Detroit Tiger.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to take the rubber game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday afternoon at CitiField. Game Time 12:10 PM.

NYM R.A. Dickey (6-4) 2.55 ERA vs. STL Blake Hawksworth (4-6) 5.23 ERA