Meija Struggles With Command In 9-6 Loss To The Brewers
The Mets (66-79) lost to the Brewers (73-72) by the score of 9-6 on Saturday evening at Miller Park.
When you throw 68 pitches over 3+ innings of work and you struggle to find the strike zone, it is a definite recipe for disaster.
All eyes were on Jenrry Meija in Milwaukee, where he was making his first start in exactly two years – since injuring himself on this day in 2010. He struggled to throw strikes, actually throwing more balls than strikes (32:36 strike:ball ratio) and almost walked as many men as he allowed via the hit. His final line was 3+ IP, 6 H, 5 BB, and 5 ER. He did not achieve a strikeout.
Meija did pitch to four batters in the fourth before being removed. Two of those runs were allowed by Hefner, who inherited them and allowed them to cross the plate. All in all, the velocity was there and the confidence was not.
It is pretty hard to get on the offense after they score six runs – they really tried out there. A Duda RBI single led off the scoring for the Mets in the first, before they dropped a three spot in the fourth. That was a lot of fun to watch – because Meija pulled off a perfect squeeze with Valdespin dashing home from third. Ruben Tejada drove in a run right after and Daniel Murphy added a cue shot RBI 2B to top it off. The Mets would show some life in the ninth, beacuse of Ike Davis, who flashed some power with a 2-run shot.
It was a tough game overall to watch, but it was pretty much over from the five runs that scored in the fourth. I will give the offense some credit – because apparently hitting on the road is much easier for the Mets than hitting at home.
Daniel Murphy drilled three hits for a nice game and raised his average closer to .300, at .296.
Ike Davis also had three hits, with two of them being a 2B and a HR. Nice display of power.
On the front of minor stats, Valdespin picked up steal number nine (third base) and Shoppach made another throwing error. I will admit that I think Valdespin is a potential 20/20 guy with a .260 average or so. Future Brandon Phillips?
Chris Young is scheduled to face off against Brewers top prospect Wily Peralta. 2:10 is the projected start. The Mets will look for a series win and to play spoiler, although I would rather play spoiler against the Phils.
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