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Mets edge Cardinals 2-1 in 20-inning game

Apr 17, 2010, 11:05 PM EDT

FOX certainly picked the right game of the week this time.
The Mets and Cardinals went scoreless for 18 inning Saturday before Jeff Francoeur’s sac fly off position player Joe Mather in the top of the 19th.
But that still wasn’t enough baseball for the teams. Francisco Rodriguez, held in reserve for 6 1/2 hours, blew the save in the 19th on an Albert Pujols double and a Yadier Molina RBI single.
That took the game to the 20th, where the Mets were finally able to finish it. Jose Reyes delivered a sac fly that scored Angel Pagan in the top of the frame, and Mike Pelfrey pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning for his first career save.

  1. Andrew - Apr 17, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Not that I have anything against the mets but I wanted them to lose for saving KRod till the 19th.
    I guess being a slave to the save is better then being against using a starter in relief in favor of one of your bench players.

  2. Patrick - Apr 17, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    La Russa completely screwed up the game tactically. You know you’re bad when you get out-managed by Jerry Manuel.

  3. peteinfla - Apr 18, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    Pretty embarassing for the Genius, huh? Why didn’t he use Lohse for an inning or 2? I know he just pitched last Thursday, but he only threw 94 pitches. They had him warming up in the pen, he was waving to tell them he was ready, then they brought him in to play left field, so they could let their 3b and an outfielder pitch 3 innings? Pelfrey also pitched Thursday, and he was able to suck it up for an inning.

  4. Patrick - Apr 18, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    Not to mention keeping a pitcher in to bat with two outs , bases loaded and doing it TWICE when you still had hitters left in the dugout. Not to mention letting Ludwick try and steal second with one of the best extra base hitters at the plate. Not to mention putting your pitcher in to pinch-hit behind Pujols. Not to mention not even considering putting a starter in to pitch just one inning, even though by not doing that you’re practically conceding the game.

  5. Andy II - Apr 18, 2010 at 5:54 AM

    Not to mention hit-and-running with your best player at the plate. Dear God, let Pujols stand in and hit!
    Oh wait, that was mentioned by Patrick. STILL!!

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