For the second straight day the Mets grabbed the elusive RISP brass ring, only to have it fall on the carousal floor Wednesday night after the Cardinals rallied for two runs in their 5-4 win.
Jeurys Familia stepped onto the mound in the top of the 9th holding a one run lead in his trusty right hand, and did what he hadn’t done in 52 consecutive outings. Blown a save. In fact the Mets were 48-0 when leading after 8 innings.
The prolific closing act of this offensively struggling team flirted with danger one time too many when he issued a one out walk to Jedd Gyorko, the guy that hurt the Mets with a 2 run homer in the first game of their double-header on Monday.
Yadier Molina, who broke NY’s heart during game 7 of the NLCS nearly a decade ago, delivered a game tying RBI double, then Kolten Wong brought him home with the streak ending dagger double to left.
The Mets drew first blood in the top of the 2nd with a double to left by James Loney and an RBI single by Neil Walker’s recently awoken bat.
Logan Verrett couldn’t close the door with two outs in the bottom of the inning, surrendering back-to-back deuces to Matt Holliday and Matt Adams giving St Louis a 3-1 lead.
In the 7th, it seemed like the makings of a modest two game winning streak was on the menu when consecutive singles by Travis d’Arnaud and Alejandro De Aza, a wild pitch by Adam Wainwright and a 2 run shot by Cespedes gave NY a one run lead.
Addison Reed retired the side in order in the 8th, setting the stage for Familia’s 53rd save which never came to fruition.
The collateral damage that was done tonight put the Mets 5 ½ back of the Nationals and in 4th position of a wild card spot, a ½ game behind the Cardinals, 1 ½ away from the Marlins and surging LA Dodgers.
Thursday Jacob deGrom looks to rebound from his worst start of the season against Colorado Rockies Tyler Anderson in the first of a four game series at Citi Field.