Port St. Lucie (KMOV) – The St. Louis Cardinals’ Grapefruit League five-game winning streak came to an end Monday when they lost to the New York Mets 6-5 on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth.
Pete Parise, who had a chance to record his third save of the Grapefruit League season, left a ball up in the zone and Mets outfielder Angel Pagan hit it out of the park to end the game.
- Cardinals’ newcomer Brad Penny struggled in his third outing of Grapefruit League play. He gave up two runs in the first inning, allowing four hitters to reach base before recording a single out. The right-hander gave up another run in the fourth before being taken out of the game.
- Penny took a line drive shot off his right forearm in the first inning, but was able to continue pitching after Cardinals trainer Barry Weinberg checked him out. While a welt on the arm was visible, Penny didn’t show any signs of being hurt, pitching two and a third more innings after the first.
- Manager Tony La Russa called an intentional walk in the bottom of the eighth inning, a rarity in spring training. Just shows the competitive nature of the Cardinals skipper.
- Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez made his spring training debut against the Cardinals in the top of the ninth. The MLB record-holder for saves in a season (62) rolled right through the Cardinals line-up (though most of the players in at that point were minor-leaguers), getting all three batters he faced out.
- Legendary basketball coach and current ESPN broadcaster Bobby Knight visited his old pal Tony La Russa today and watched the game from the dugout.
With the loss, the Cardinals drop to 5-6 in Grapefruit League play.
Next Game: The Cardinals host the Washington Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. Start time is 12:05 p.m. CST.