The National League’s best offense through the first two months of the season has suddenly stumbled in June. For the third straight game in New York, Mets pitchers continued to baffle Cardinal hitters as starter Jonathan Niese struck out 10 in six innings as the Cards lost 6-1 Sunday night. The Cardinals went 25 innings before scoring their only run in New York. It came in the eighth inning when Adron Chambers brought home David Freese with a single. The Cards looked like they would score in the sixth, but Andres Torres threw out Freese at the plate on Chambers’ two-out single.
The last time the Cardinals were shutout in three straight games happened in 1976. The Cardinals have lost five straight and eight of 10 to fall back to .500 at 27-27.