Brewers 2, Mets 6: The Estrada home run curse

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The Brewers lost, it was stupid.

W: Matsuzaka, 3-0

L: Estrada, 5-3

HR: Murphy (5), Teagarden (GS, 1)

Real Box Score(Fangraphs is currently down)

The Brewers played a very stupid against the Mets tonight. In related news, the Brewers lost to the Mets tonight.

Things started out fairly promising. Braun and Gomez walked in the 1st but the Brewers did not score. In the bottom of the 3rd, Estrada fell victim to his nemesis the home run ball. The good player on the Mets, Daniel Murphy, hit a line drive homer out to right field. The Brewers got one of those back in the bottom half. Khris Davis was hit by a Matsuzaka pitch and Lyle Overbay, who got a start at first and hit ahead of Jean Segura for some reason, doubled to drive him in.

In the bottom of the 6th and Estrada's pitch count in the 80s, things got worse. With 1 out, Estrada walked David Wright and Curtis Granderson back to back. He struck out Chris Young but then walked Lucas Duda to load the bases with 2 out. With the bases loaded and an unnamed writer of this article yelling at Ron Roenicke via the TV to get a tiring, home run-prone pitcher who had walked 3 out of 4 batters out of the game. Taylor Teagarden-- I repeat, Taylor Teagarden-- then hit a grand slam to right to give the Mets a 6-1 lead.

The best opportunity for a Brewer rally came in the 8th. Scooter Gennett singled to lead it off, but then Braun took a called third strike. With one out, Jeurys Familia hit Jonathan Lucroy, and then gave up a double to Carlos Gomez that scored Gennett. He then came back to strike out Ararmis Ramirez and Khris Davis. The final was 6-2.

Fair or not, Marco Estrada has emerged as the frontrunner for "Jimmy Nelson placeholder"  at this point in the season. We'll save figuring out if that is a good idea for another day.

Also of note, Mike Fiers made his first appearance with the big league club in 2014, giving up 2 basrunners in a scoreless inning.

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