ST. LOUIS – Nolan Arenado and Harrison Bader met, Adam Wainwright stayed tough, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Mets 6-5 for the fifth time in a row on Monday night.
Wainwright (1-3), who was activated for the start by the Covid-19 injury list, fell 5-2 in the third inning. But he didn’t give up any more runs before leaving with two outs in sixth and the Bullpen retained his first win of the season.
Genesis Cabrera and Giovanny Gallegos combined for two and a third inning of goalless relief. Alex Reyes took a couple of walks in the ninth to score his eighth save – he hasn’t allowed a deserved run in 14⅓ innings this season.
Joey Lucchesi (0-2) allowed six runs with seven hits in two and two thirds innings after being called back from the Mets’ alternative training location to create the start. He has not reached the fourth inning in any of his three starts this season.
Dominic Smith ran one run with a groundout and Kevin Pillar hit a homer with two runs to put the Mets in third place.
Arenado responded with a triple run in the bottom half to make it 5-5. His fifth home run of the season ended up in the bullpen on the left. Paul DeJong and Tyler O’Neill followed with doubles to put St. Louis in the lead.
Bader hit a 450-foot home run to the left grandstands, a solo ride that made it 2-2 in the second. He joined the day after his first homer of the season.
Tommy Edman led the first inning with a triple to hit Dylan Carlson’s sacrificial fly.
Wainwright hit Tomas Nido on the elbow with the loaded bases to tie him in the second. Two batters later, Jeff McNeil walked to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.
Mets Fire Hitting Coaches amid the burglary
Following the defeat on Monday, the Mets announced that they had sacked the team’s punch coach, Chili Davis, and the team’s punch coach, Tom Slater. The moves come with the Mets who have only scored 76 runs in their first 23 games, which is the lowest number in the majors. They’ve hit the 18 worst major league home runs and Francisco Lindor, the team’s coveted off-season acquisition, hits just 0.163.
Davis is replaced by Hugh Quattlebaum, who was named minor league director of the Mets in the off-season. The 42-year-old Quattlebaum had spent the past three seasons with Seattle. Kevin Howard, who was previously the director of player development at Mets, will be the team’s new assistant.
The movements take effect immediately. BENJAMIN HOFFMAN
Alomar resigns from the Hall of Fame board of directors
The Baseball Hall of Fame has accepted Roberto Alomar’s resignation from the board of directors, chairwoman Jane Forbes Clark announced on Monday.
Alomar, who was elected to the board of directors in 2019, filed a resignation letter on Saturday after being accused of sexual misconduct.
The Hall of Fame’s second baseman was sacked as an advisor to Major League Baseball last week and placed on the league’s ineligible list after an investigation into the allegation. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the sacking Friday, saying in a statement that a baseball industry employee reported a 2014 incident involving Alomar earlier this year.
The league hired an outside law firm to investigate the matter. MLB said it would not provide any further details about the investigation to protect the person who came forward.
Clark said after Manfred’s announcement that Alomar’s plaque would remain on display in the hall because “its anchoring reflects his legitimacy and the perspective of BBWAA voters at the time.” Alomar was added in 2011.
Alomar also lost his position as special assistant with the Toronto Blue Jays. The club said it cut ties with Alomar, removed him from the level of excellence, and removed his banner from the Rogers Center.
The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Canadian Baseball Museum also said it would not revoke his initiate status, but it banned him from future hall events and said it would no longer be affiliated with him or his foundation.
Alomar has been a 12-time All-Star in 17 seasons with San Diego, Toronto, Baltimore, Cleveland, the Mets, the White Sox and Arizona.