(04/23) PB Cardinals' six errors lead to loss

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April 23, 2005 - ST. LUCIE, FL – The St. Lucie Mets scored five runs in the third and two runs in the fourth, benefiting from six Cardinals errors, on their way to a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday night.

A scoreless game entering the bottom of the third inning, Cardinals starter Stuart Pomeranz began the inning by hitting Mets leftfielder Alhaji Turay with a pitch. After stealing second base, Turay advanced to third base on a fielding error by shortstop Brendan Ryan off the bat of Yunir Garcia. With runners on the corners, Kevin Rios reached on an infield single to the third baseman Matt Dryer scoring Turay, but in an attempt to cut down the lead runner, Dryer's throwing error allowed Garcia to advance to third.

Jonathan Slack then reached on an error, again by Ryan, plating Garcia. After a fly out, Blake Whealy walked to load the bases. Brett Harper followed with a single to score two, and Jamar Hill delivered a sacrifice fly for the fifth run of the inning.

The fourth inning was more of the same for the Cardinals. Two more errors by Ryan enabled the Mets to score twice in the inning. Ryan finished with five errors on the night after entering tonight's game with only two for the season.

Trailing 7-0 in the fifth, the Cardinals began their comeback. The Mets were not immune to defensive struggles either. Mike McCoy led things off by reaching on an error by Rios. Matt Pagnozzi singled, and then Ryan and Cody Haerther each came through with doubles to tally three runs.

With one out and one on in the seventh, Matt Dryer hit his fourth home run of the year to cut the lead to 7-5. Terry Evans followed with a home run of his own, also his fourth, to make it 7-6, but the Cardinals could not get any closer.

Pomeranz (1-2) suffered the loss despite allowing only one earned run over five innings. Vincent Cordova (2-0) earned the win for St. Lucie.

Dryer's error in the third was his first of the season.

Of the 13 combined runs scored in Saturday's game, only four were earned.


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