Saturday April 17th, 2010: At 3:15 PM Jerry Manuel's New York Mets took the field to play Tony La Russa's St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
43,709 attended the game but how many were still there when the games ended six hours & fifty three minutes later after 10 PM? This was to be the fourth longest games in Mets history which ended after twenty innings. The game would feature a Mets record nine pitchers & twenty four players overall.
|New York Mets||St. Louis Cardinals|
|1||Jose Reyes||SS||1||Skip Schumaker||2B|
|2||Luis Castillo||2B||2||Ryan Ludwick||RF|
|3||David Wright||3B||3||Albert Pujols||1B|
|4||Jason Bay||LF||4||Matt Holliday||LF|
|5||Jeff Francoeur||RF||5||Yadier Molina||C|
|6||Fernando Tatis||1B||6||David Freese||3B|
|7||Rod Barajas||C||7||Felipe Lopez||SS|
|8||Angel Pagan||CF||8||Colby Rasmus||CF|
|9||Johan Santana||P||9||Jaime Garcia||P|
Johan Santama would have a good outing throwing seven shut out innings striking out nine batters while allowing just four hits. Ryota Iqarashi & Pedro Feliciano both pitched 1.1 innings each.
Fernando Nieve put in 2.1 scoreless getting relieved by Hisanori Takahashi who got the Mets to the 14th inning holding the Cards scoreless.
A young Jenry Mejia who had just debuted a couple of weeks earlier would give up three hits but also held the Cards scoreless.
Raul Valdes who pitched 38 games for the Mets in 2010, then tossed two more scoreless.
Nine Cardinal pitchers held the Mets scoreless until the 19th inning. Jose Reyes lead off with a walk & was sacrificed over to second. David Wright walked & Jason Bay was hit by a pitch.
then St. Louis pitcher Joe Mather served up a sac fly to Jeff Francoeur. It seemed that maybe this one would be over.
But in the home 19th, Mets pitcher Francisco Rodriguez, walked Ryan Ludwick & gave up a double to Albert Pujols. Then Mets nemesis Yadier Molina singles to tie the game & give K-Rod a blown save.
In the top of the 20th Angel Pagan led off with a base hit & Mike Jacobs followed with another. Pagan alertly got third & would score on Jose Reyes sac fly. This time Mike Pelfrey was brought in to close it out & that he did earning the only save of his career.
The 2010 Mets ended the season in fourth place at 79-83, it was the final year Jerry Manuel was the helm getting replaced by Terry Collins in 2011. The front office also changed as Sandy Alderson took over for Omar Minaya.