Struggling sluggers Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes sprang to life with two clutch long balls that propelled the Mets to a 6-5 win over the Cardinals in 10 innings. The Mets were down 4-1 until Cespedes’ mammoth 3-run blast tied it up in the fifth inning. Bruce’s two-out solo shot in the 10th gave the Mets the lead and Jeurys Familia locked it down for his ninth save of the season.
Bruce went 3 for 5 on the night and also hit an RBI triple. The Mets didn’t muster much offense otherwise, but did manage to draw eight walks off some wild Cardinals pitching.
Zack Wheeler started the game was neither efficient nor effective, surrendering four runs in four innings. Tommy Pham was the big Met killer, getting on base all five times with three hits and a couple of walks, including a first inning two-run home run. Matt Harvey came on in relief and, despite allowing a run on back-to-back doubles in his first inning of work, he showed some promise. His fastball had extra life and he was able to blow 95 mph heat past a few batters. Paul Sewald added two scoreless innings to keep the Mets in it, but Robert Gsellman‘s scoreless ninth inning was really the big Mets’ pitching highlight and it deservedly earned him the win. With two runners on, no outs, and the heart of the order coming up, Gsellman fanned the red hot Jose Martinez on a nasty slider, before getting Marcel Ozuna to hit into a rally-ending double play.
Gut Reaction: Robert Gsellman has turned into an effective bullpen weapon. He’s fearless and his sinker/slider combo has resulted in some big strikeouts. Could he develop into a closer?