The Mets (29-36) lost to the Brewers (39-27) by a score of 3-1 on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
Jacob deGrom got the start for the Mets and was decent, but nothing more. DeGrom gave up 3 runs on 9 hits and a walk in 5.2 innings, striking out 4 and throwing 107 pitches.
DeGrom ran into trouble in the top of the 1st, giving up 3 singles and getting a bad break when Lucas Duda dropped a pop fly in foul territory. However, Jacob struck out Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis to get out of the jam.
Milwaukee took the lead in the top of the 4th, after Ramirez doubled, moved to 3rd on a single by Davis, and scored on a base hit by Jean Segura.
The Mets had the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the 4th after Granderson doubled, but Abreu and Duda failed to get him in.
The Brewers tacked on another run in the top of the 5th. After Ryan Braun walked and Lucroy doubled, Carlos Gomez beat out an infield single on the right side and drove in Braun. DeGrom managed to get out of the jam without further damage, thanks in large part to a line-drive double-play.
Things got a bit dicey in the bottom of the 5th, when Taylor Teagarden was called out at 1st on a bang-bang play to begin the frame. The Mets challenged the call, and replays appeared to show that Teagarden was safe, but the umps ruled him out and an irate Terry Collins stormed out of the dugout and promptly got himself ejected.
The Brewers threatened to add on some insurance against Carlos Torres in the top of the 7th. Braun led off with a single and Lucroy drove one to the gap in right-center. Braun rounded third and headed home in an attempt to score, but a nice throw from Matt den Dekker and a solid relay by Murphy nailed the former so-called “MVP” at the plate, helping Torres emerge from the inning unscathed.
The Mets were unable to get to Wily Peralta or any of the relievers who came in to replace him, and when the bottom of the 9th inning rolled around, our old friend Francisco Rodriguez took the mound looking to close things out for Milwaukee with the score still 3-1 Brewers. K-Rod worked a 1-2-3 inning, capped off by a phenomenal diving play by Mark Reynolds to rob Bobby Abreu of a base hit, and the ballgame was over.
The Mets didn’t really make any noise at the plate in this game, and their pitchers were working in and out of trouble in seemingly every inning. This game could have been a lot worse than 3-1. But still, a loss is a loss, and the Mets have had too many of those lately.
DeGrom was better in this game than he was during his last outing in Chicago, but he was still pretty inefficient. He gave us 5.2 innings and kept us in the game despite not having his best stuff, but it wasn’t enough to earn him his 1st win.
I don’t get how the umps missed that call on the replay, and it’s absurd for them to eject Terry when Terry was 100% right, but that’s not why we lost the game. Still, if you have replay, you better be getting the calls right…
This is the kind of bleak, boring, uneventful game that makes it hard for the Mets to draw good crowds. The bats really have to start showing up on a more consistent basis… or we need to bring in some new bats.
Rubber game tomorrow. Let’s get the W.