Jon Niese took the mound for game one of two this afternoon in an attempt to bring the Mets to that ever elusive .500 mark. He would be opposed by Yovanni Gallarado. It would hardly be a pitchers duel.
It looked like the Mets were going to draw first blood in the first inning when Jose Reyes led off the game with a double but after a Duda ground out and a Pagan and Wright strike out, we realize why this team is where they are in the standings.
Jon Niese didn’t make it out of the 3 rd inning when 10 men would come to the plate and score 6 runs. It began with Corey Hart, who continues to kill the Mets, as he hit his 98th RBI in the top of the third. Prince Fielder would follow hitting a single into the shift thus scoring Hart from second. Lorenzo Cain would hit a double and increase the lead to 4. Jonathan Lucroy would hit a single and pad the lead. When all was said and done, the Brewers sent 10 men up to the plate and scored 6 runs-all earned.
The Mets would chip away in the bottom of the third when Chris Carter would hit a single to score a pair and pull the Mets within 4. The Mets would get back in the game in the bottom of the 4th when Reyes would hit hit a triple, scoring Mike Nickeas, and with a throwing error score the 4th run. Lucas Duda would come to bat and go yard to the right field seats to pull the Mets within one. But the Mets weren’t done: Pagan would hit a single and steal second and David Wright would hit his 28th home run and get his 100th RBI of the season. The Mets would send 9 men to the plate and score 5 runs and take the lead 7-6.
The lead would last until the top of the 8th when Manny Acosta, the 7th Met pitcher, would walk former Met Carlos Gomez and after a steal of second and advance to third, would score on a Corey Hart infield single. Prince Fielder would single off of new Pitcher Takahashi and score Hart putting the Brewers up 8-7.
What is it about second base and dropping pop flies? Rubin Tejada did his best Luis Castillo imatation when he dropped a routine pop up and gave the Brewers a chance to pad their lead in the 9th but luckily they Mets got a strike out and double play to end the inning.
The Mets went down 1-2-3 in the 9th.
Total, the Mets used 8 pitchers to get through this game. How much do you want to bet were going to see Oliver Perez tonight in the nightcap?