Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mets Blast 3 Homers and Cards Saberhagen Chews Up Redbirds on Five Hits

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mets Blast 3 Homers and Cards Saberhagen Chews Up Redbirds on Five Hits

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Virtually all one needs to assess the Cardinals' starting pitching is this fact: In the first 26 games, one of which was a tie, Cardinals starters have failed to get through the sixth inning 12 times. Six of the 14 other games were pitched by Bob Tewksbury, who is 6-0.

Allen Watson didn't make it past the sixth Thursday night for the second time in as many games, and the son of a former Cardinal made his St. Louis debut a memorable one in the New York Mets' 8-1 victory at Busch Stadium.

OK, Diego Segui played for about 800 teams, including the rare double of the Seattle Pilots and the Seattle Mariners. But one of those teams was the Cardinals, in 1972-73. Segui's son, David, who recalled running around Busch Stadium as a 6-year-old, clubbed a two-run homer and drove in another run with a single as the Mets won the teams' first meeting of the season.

Besides Segui's third homer, Watson also gave up the first big-league homer hit by catcher Kelly Stinnett as he lasted just 5 1/3 innings.

Former Kansas City Royals righthander Bret Saberhagen, with whom the 1985 Cardinals were eminently familiar, raised his record to 4-1 by defeating the Cardinals for the first time in five regular-season career starts.

Saberhagen, who beat the Cardinals twice in the 1985 World Series, gave up just five hits, two after the third inning, as he set down the final 10 hitters in succession. He struck out seven and walked none.

Previously a .103 hitter (nine for 87), Saberhagen also scored two runs, one after a single in the third and another after he walked to lead off the ninth.

Cardinals starters other than Tewksbury have won just five of 20 outings, two by Watson (2-2).

For the third time in 12 home games, a visiting team hit three or more home runs against the Cardinals. Bobby Bonilla added the third, against Bryan Eversgerd in the seventh inning.

Thirty homers, 17 by the opponents, have been hit at Busch Stadium. At that rate, 203 would be hit there this year, which would be a stunning 85 more than last year's record for the 29 seasons of play at the stadium.

Cardinals pitching coach Joe Coleman said he was approaching the breaking point.

Someone besides Tewksbury "is going to have to jump up and hurt someone," Coleman said. "I'm tired of the excuses I'm hearing from some of them. And I'm pretty sick and tired of them feeling sorry for themselves."

Some of the things Coleman said he had heard sounded like this: " `I made a good pitch and they didn't swing at it.' Or, `I made a good pitch and they hit it.' The hell with that. Make bad pitches. I mean, out of the zone.

"I've been as patient as I can, but there's going to be a day I'm going to hit the boiling point. And they're not going to like it if I have to do that. Patience can only go so far."

"We've got (hitters) in that other room battling their tails, and we go out there sometimes and feel sorry for ourselves. …

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