Cardinals upended by the Mets, rewrite roster with promotions of Gorman, Liberatore

Derrick Goold

NEW YORK — It took Mets slugger Pete “Polar Bear” Alonso one swing to undo all the Cardinals pieced and patched together to rally and force extra innings Thursday night.

And now the Cardinals are looking at ways to refresh their roster.

The Cardinals held a one-run lead going into the bottom of the 10th inning when Francisco Lindor trotted out to second base, per extra-inning rules. He didn’t have to stand there long. Alonso drilled an offering from Cardinals closer Giovanny Gallegos deep into the left-field seats to flip the Cardinals’ lead and send the Mets to a 7-6 walk-off win Thursday at Citi Field.

The homer erased the lead provided by Albert Pujols in the top of the inning.

It gave the Mets three wins the four-game series, and the final two wins of the series came at the expense of the Cardinals’ bullpen, three times over.

In response, the Cardinals spent the post-game preparing for a series of roster moves that includes promoting top prospects Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore. Gorman, one of the top power hitters in the minors, will start at second base Friday in Pittsburgh.

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Liberatore, the Cardinals’ top pitching prospect, will start Saturday.

To make room for Gorman, the Cardinals will put Tyler O’Neill on the injured list with a shoulder impingement, manager Oliver Marmol said after the loss.

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