St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets exchange shutouts

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After being shut out 2-0 by the New York Mets on Monday, the Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals rebounded on Tuesday night with a 3-0 shutout over the Mets.

Apr 21, 2014; New York, NY, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Tyler Lyons delivers a pitch against the New York Mets in the first inning at Citi Field. Image Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

There were very few highlights in the Monday loss. The Cardinals were limited to six hits during the contest. Matt Carpenter, Allen Craig, and Yadier Molina all had two hits a piece. Jhonny Peralta, Jon Jay, and Mark Ellis all reached base via a walk. The Cardinals left seven players on base as they went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Tyler Lyons, filling in for the injured Joe Kelly, pitched six innings. He allowed two runs on six hits. Lyons walked four while striking out seven batters. Pat Neshek and Eric Fornataro combined for two innings of relief. Neshek allowed one hit and struck out one.

The good news for the Cardinals is that, after a slow start, Craig is starting to hit. Including his 0-for-5 day at the plate on Tuesday night, the Cardinals right fielder/first baseman has 10 hits in his last 38 at-bats. The unfortunate news? Craig only has one home run and five RBIs this season. For the Cardinals to really contend, Craig has to start producing some offense.