Cardinals offense sputters against Mets, Birds fall 2-0 -

Cardinals offense sputters against Mets, Birds fall 2-0

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) — The Cardinals up and down offense was just about all down Monday. Yadier Molina, Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter all had two hits, and they were the only attack the Cardinals could muster. 

The top of the sixth inning was the only frame in which St. Louis collected multiple hits. For much of the game, Jenrry Mejia controlled the tempo. He went 6.2 innings, striking out seven and allowing four of the hits. 

He was ahead of 14 of the 26 batters he faced and got seven grounders to the six fly balls he produced. 

The Mets offense wasn’t tremendously better, but seven hits were good for two runs. In the bottom of the sixth, another Cardinal error led to the second run of the game when Tyler Lyons throw resulted in Chris Young being safe at first. 

Lyons walked Daniel Murphy next, and Young was out on a fielder’s choice the next at bat. Josh Satin walked and moved Murphy along, then Murphy stole third. Travis d’Arnaud singled and scored him, which put the Mets out in front 2-0. 

The previous run came on a pair of singles in the third when Erick Young Jr. reached on a ball into left the Curtis Granderson moved him to second when he was hit by a pitch. David Wright scored Young when he singled to left. 

It was less of a big moment that undid the Birds and more of a slow struggle. The Cardinals left seven runners on base and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. St. Louis is hitting .240 with RISP, and have notched only 51 RBIs in 197 plate appearances. 

They face Dillon Gee Wednesday. 

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