Cardinals and Mets stage late innings comebacks
The Cardinals were down a run in the 9th inning but they had one thing going for them, the Giant bullpen, and once again that bullpen failed to hold a lead. The Cardinals rallied for two runs to beat the Giants 3 – 2. It was almost a must-win for the Cardinals because if they had lost they would have been four games back of the Giants and three games back of the Mets, but with that win, they are still within striking distance, just two games back. Those two game switches are big when you are playing the team you are chasing. The Giants will get a taste of that starting Monday when they take on the Dodgers.
The Mets also rallied for an extra-inning victory. The young Twin team had shut them out for seven innings, but the Mets tied it in the 8th. In the 11th, Brian Buxton hit his sixth home run of the month, but Curtis Granderson tied it in the bottom of the 11th with his own home run. Granderson would be the double hero by hitting the walk-off home run in the 12th, and propel the Mets into a tie with SF for the two wild card spots. Granderson became the first Met to hit a game tying and game winning home run in extra-innings. He hit the game-winning home run off of O’Rourke.
It was only the second homer O’Rourke has given up to a left-handed hitter in his 49th appearance over two years. Left-handers were previously 0-for-18 against him this year.