It got interesting in the bottom of the 9th.  The Mets scored four times, but come up short as the Cardinals get their first spring training win of the season in a 9-8 final.  Jarret Hoffpauir and Allen Craig provided key two out hits.

Both delivered with two hits and two RBI apiece as the Cardinals outscored their run output from the first two games in this one.  Rick Ankiel, Colby Rasmus, and Jon Jay also picked up RBIs.

Todd Wellemeyer allowed four hits and three runs in his two innings. The Mets couldn’t do much against Josh Kinney, Jason Motte and P.J. Walters. Kinney allowed three walks in an inning, but through the seventh, the Mets had no other runners reach base by walk or a hit.  The Mets tacked on late runs against Adam Ottovino and Royce Ring.

Chris Carpenter makes his spring debut tomorrow against Washington.