Mets takeaways from Wednesday's 11-4 loss to Cardinals, including Tylor Megill's nightmare first inning

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Tylor Megill walking off the mound, looking puzzled, close shot of his face
Tylor Megill walking off the mound, looking puzzled, close shot of his face

The Mets fell to the Cardinals 11-4 on Wednesday night, as St. Louis completed a three-game sweep.

Here are some key takeaways ...

- The Cardinals jumped all over Tylor Megill in the top of the first inning. After a leadoff walk got things started, back-to-back doubles from Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neil gave St. Louis a quick 2-0 lead. After another walk, Megill induced a double play that looked like it might halt some momentum, but Dylan Carlson shot a two-out RBI single to right to make it a 3-0 game. The Cardinals kept the inning going, and Harrison Bader blooped a two-run single to make it 5-0 and put some punctuation at the end of a disastrous first inning for Megill.

In the first inning alone, Megill allowed five earned runs on five hits to go along with a pair of walks.

- Pete Alonso got the Mets on the board in the bottom of the second, smacking his 33rd home run of the season. His solo shot off of Jon Lester made it a four-run game. In the third, the Mets climbed a little bit closer, as Jeff McNeil blooped a double off the glove of Nolan Arenado and later came around to score on an Edmundo Sosa error, cutting the lead to three.

- Just as the Mets started to dig out of the early hole, Bader tagged a solo home run off Megill to make it 6-2. Megill then allowed a Lester double and a Tommy Edman infield single, and with that, his night was over. Miguel Castro came in with runners on the corners with nobody out, and even with a wild pitch, he managed to stand both inherited runners as Lester failed to score.

Megill lasted just three innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits. He struck out three and walked two while throwing 74 pitches.

- Lester stayed in the game to hit for himself in the sixth inning, but the Mets got another run off of him in the bottom half, as Kevin Pillar slammed the Mets’ second home run of the game, another solo shot. His 15th homer of the season made it a 6-3 game.

But once again, as soon as the Mets got closer, the Cardinals pushed the lead back larger. Seth Lugo came on to pitch the seventh and was immediately greeted by solo homers from Goldschmidt and Arenado to extend the lead to 8-3.

- McNeil tripled to deep right-center to lead off the eighth – his third hit of the night – and came in to score as the recently activated Jose Peraza singled to center to make it a four-run game again. The Mets put a couple more runners on, and Alonso looked to have his second home run of the game, one that would have made it a one-run game, but Lars Nootbaar reached high overall the wall in right to rob the homer and end the inning.

- Heath Hembree allowed three runs in the eighth, and despite 13 Mets hits on the night, they fell to the Cardinals to wrap up a three-game St. Louis sweep.

Highlights

What's next

The Mets have a day off on Thursday before starting a three-game weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on Friday.

Taijuan Walker will take the ball against Zack Wheeler, with first pitch on SNY set for 7:10 p.m.