The New York Mets (25-24) lost to the Milwaukee Brewers (34-20) Sunday afternoon to the score of 8-7 as the bullpen regurgitated the lead again, which allowed the Mets to drop three of the four games in Milwaukee.
Zack Wheeler started the game by giving up back to back singles to Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich. Jesus Aguilar hit a 3-2 pitch in the gap that was nearly caught by a diving Michael Conforto giving the Brewers an early 1-0 lead with no one out. Wheeler would settle down and retire the next three batters including a strikeout to Jonathan Villar to end the inning.
Wheeler retired the side in order in the second inning after the offense put up four runs in the top half of the frame. However, the lead would not last. In the third inning, Wheeler walked Cain and gave up a single to Yelich. Jesus Aguilar then hit a game-tying home run.
Wheeler would navigate the next three innings with ease and left the game with a 6-4 lead. Wheeler ended the afternoon with a 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB 6 SO stat line. He threw 110 pitches of which 64 were strikes.
Robert Gsellman started the seventh inning and got pinch-hitter Ryan Braun to fly out to right field. Lorenzo Cain singled and advanced to second on a Yelich groundout. Gsellman was taken out of the game after a walk to Jesus Aguilar leaving two Brewers on base.
Jerry Blevins was brought in to face Shaw who was 7 for 47 against left-handed pitching but was unable to get him out as he hit an RBI single making the score 6-5 in favor of the Brew Crew. Shaw was the only batter Blevins would face.
Paul Sewald came in with two on and two out with Santana at-bat. Santana would hit a two-RBI double to right field scoring Aguilar and Shaw which would give the Brewers a 7-6 lead. The next batter Jonathan Villar hit a double to right field scoring Santana making the score 8-6. Sewald would get Manny Pina to fly out to end the inning.
Jay Bruce led off the second inning with a single and ended up on second base after an Adrian Gonzalez walk. The next batter Jose Bautista hit a single off Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin loading the bases. Tomas Nido tied the game 1-1anwith a RBI single leaving the bases loaded for Zack Wheeler.
Wheeler gave himself and the Mets a 3-1 lead with a single to right and advanced to second on a throw to plate attempting to throw out Joey Bats. Asdrubal Cabrera would tack on a run with a RBI single making the score 4-1.
Going into the fifth inning the game was tied at 4-4. Michael Conforto led off the frame with double that was initially ruled a homerun which was overturned by a review. Luis Guillorme, who came in the game for an injured Wilmer Flores (back), was able to advance Conforto to third with one out on a groundout.
Bruce’s second hit of the game gave the Mets a 5-4 lead with a single to left scoring Conforto.
Boone Logan came in relief of Chacin with one out in the seventh and was greeted by Asrubal Cabrera with a solo homerun extending the Mets lead to 6-4.
Facing an 8-6 deficit in the eighth, and one of the Brewers relief aces Jeremy Jeffress, the Mets were retired in order leaving any hope for late game heroics for the ninth inning. Pinch hitter Devin Mesoraco homered off closer Corey Knebel to lead off the ninth inning.
Brandon Nimmo pinched hit for Paul Sewald and grounded out followed by an Amed Rosario walk. With one on and one out Knebel got Cabrera to strike out swinging for the second out. Rosario was successful in stealing second base in a daring attempt to get into scoring position for batter Michael Conforto. Knebel struck out Conforto to end the rally and the game.
The New York Mets continue their road trip and kick off a four game series against the Atlanta Braves with a doubleheader tomorrow in SunTrust Park.
The second game is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and the Mets starter is TBD. Right now there is some discussion of the team employing a bullpen game led by Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman . They will face off against Atlanta starter Brandon McCarthy (5-2 4.67 ERA). Both games will be televised on SNY.