"Bases loaded, our big guy up there, that's what you're hoping for there," said David Wright, who singled home the only Mets run in the first inning against Jeff Suppan. "These guys never gave up. We did everything we could, but you have to tip your cap to the Cardinals."Reyes said he was optimistic Beltran would come through. "Carlos is great in those situations," Reyes said. "But their guy made great pitches. Sometimes that happens. It's a tough game." Wainwright got ahead in the count 0-2 with a changeup and curveball, then dropped a big breaker into the strike zone, leaving Beltran unable to uncoil. "That was an unhittable pitch," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said. "The guy threw an unhittable pitch. You have to give him credit." Asked if he considered the season a success, Minaya shook his head. "No, successful is winning the World Series, going to the World Series," he said. "Looking at the big picture, we made strides to respectability, yes. We are respected in the industry. "The better team won the series. They are the better team. But I'm very proud of our team. They left it all on the field. I hope to be here for many years to come."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.