The New York Mets were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Wednesday night. Chris Schwinden quickly put the Mets in a hole 3-0 through the first two innings. The offense battled back to score four runs in the top of the third to take a 4-3 lead. Schwinden settled down to pitch six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. However, the bullpen let up three runs in the seventh inning to put them behind again. Willie Harris narrowed the deficit to one run in the top of the ninth, but the Mets couldn’t push another run across. They have lost nine of their last eleven games and fall to 73-82 on the season. 

Bullpen couldn't secure Schwinden's first career win.

Associated Press

My Reaction:

Has anyone pitched worse than Pedro Beato recently? Doubt it. Tonight, Beato gave up the three-run home run to David Freese that blew the Mets lead in the seventh inning. Since the All-Star Break, he has pitched to a 6.10 ERA through 25.1 innings of work. He has also allowed more walks than strikeouts, which is not a recipe for success. Needless to say, Beato is far removed from his perfect April. 

Willie Harris yanked a solo shot over the right field fence in the top of the ninth for his second of the season. Am I the only one who forgot this guy was even on the roster? I mean, seriously, this guy has had a really quiet year. After all the talk about him being a great bat off the bench, he has hit .183 as a pinch hitter in 2011. What a disappointment!

Interesting Facts:

  • Josh Satin drove in his first career RBIs in the third inning.
  • Lucas Duda left the game in the first inning with dizzy spells.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to salvage the final game of the series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday afternoon. Game Time 1:45 PM on SNY.

NYM Chris Capuano (11-12) 4.47 ERA vs. STL Jake Westbrook (12-9) 4.58 ERA