Remembering Mets History (2022): Mets Rally In the 9th For An Exciting Come Back After Max's Stellar Effort

Monday April 25th, 2022:
Buck Showalter's Mets were coming into St. Louis with the best record in baseball (12-5). The Mets had taken 2 of 3 in Arizona, the first series of the latest road trip. 

Tonight, Max Scherzer took the mound for the Mets, against the Cardinals' Miles Mikolas, in front of a big crowd of 35,455 at Busch Stadium.

Scherzer was brilliant once again, with another amazing start in the fourth game of his Mets career. In seven innings of work, Max shut out the Cards, as he struck out ten batters, allowing just two hits & one walk. It was the 106th time in his career he has had double figures in strike outs.

In the 2nd inning, Max struck out the side, fanning Corey Dickerson, Dylan Carson & Edmundo Sosa. In the 3rd, after walking Tommy Edman & he gave up a single to Paul Goldschmidt. one of the two hits he allowed. But Scherzer then struck out Tyler O'Neil to end the inning. 

He added two more strike outs in both the 5th & 6th innings as well. In the 7th, he retired the side in order, ending his night with a strike out of Edmundo Sosa, who went down three time to Scherzer. Sosa would earn the "golden sombrero" by striking out four times on the night.

As Max was mowing down the Cardinals, Miles Mikolas was shutting out the Mets as well. In an exciting pitcher's duel, Mikolas went seven innings as well, shutting out the Mets with four hits, one walk & five strike outs.

Trevor May came in for New York & had a bad 8th inning. Yadier Molina, still haunting the Mets, singled to left. Harrison Bader singled as well. Tommy Edman then grounded out to May, who's only play was at first base. 

In a long at bat to Paul Goldschmidt, where the Mets chose not to intentionally walk him, it ended up in a base on balls anyway. With the bases loaded Tyler O'Neill singled off May bringing in two runs.

The Mets went into the 9th inning, down 2-0 facing Cards closer, Giovanny Gallegos. Pete Alonso led off & flew out to center. Eduardo Escobar then gave the Mets life & singled to center, he took second on defensive indifference. Robinson Cano then flew out & it looked like the Mets were done. 

But with two outs, Mark Cahana had an incredible at bat. He bounced a chopper to gold glover, Nolan Arenado at third, normally a sure thing. 

But Arenado took five steps before throwing the ball wildly to first base. Cahana was safe & Escobar scored with the Mets first run. Travis Jankowski came in to pinch run for Cahana.

In another great at bat, Jeff McNeil doubled on a liner to right field, his second double of the night. Jankowski had to hold at third & the Mets had the tying run at third, with the go ahead run at second. 

Dom Smith pinch hit for Tomas Nido & had yet another great Mets at bat. As he grounded a ball near the first base line, the pitcher Gallegos was slow to cover the throw from Goldschmidt. 

Smith hustling all the way, slid headfirst into first & was safe. Jankoski scored & Jeff McNeil who never stopped running, scored from second, sliding safely across home plate.

In an insane inning, the Mets went ahead. To make things even crazier, Brandon Nimmo came up & blasted the first pitch he got from new reliever, TJ McFarland, for A HR to right field. 

It was Nimmo's third HR of the year, putting New York up 5-2, in an amazing come from behind 9th inning.

Edwin Diaz closed out the game in the bottom of the 9th & the Mets had a very exciting win.


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