ST. LOUIS – The long ball lives.
A root cause of the Mets’ offensive inconsistency this season has been a power outage. This lineup built to mash hasn’t homered nearly enough, and scoring totals have nosedived.
Two unlikely sources, Tomas Nido and Jonathan Villar, went deep Wednesday night in helping the Mets split a doubleheader with the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Mets won 7-2 in the nightcap to snap a two-game skid.
In the first game, the Mets managed just two hits in losing 4-1.
Nido’s two-run bomb in the second and Villar’s solo blast in the fourth gave the Mets only their fourth multi-homer game of the season. They entered the day 29th in MLB (the Pirates were behind them) in home-run average per game.
The doubleheader marked the debuts for hitting coach Hugh Quattlebaum and assistant Kevin Howard, who were thrust into their new roles earlier this week after Chili Davis and Tom Slater were fired.
Francisco Lindor, who extended his drought to 0-for-24 by going hitless in three at-bats in Game 1, was on the bench for the nightcap.
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