WP: Matt Garza (2-0, 2.66 ERA)
LP: Matt Harvey (2-3, 5.63 ERA)
SV: Jared Hughes (1)
Home Runs: Hernan Perez (5), Neil Walker (3), Eric Sogard (1), Orlando Arcia (4), Jett Bandy (5)
It’s never easy, is it? The Milwaukee Brewers beat the New York Mets 7-5 but barely pulled it off in the end. The important thing is that the Crew won and their record is now 19-17.
Heading into tonight’s game, I, like some other Brewers fans, was worried about going against Matt Harvey. Following Harvey’s drama where he missed a game after an alleged night of drunken antics, many thought he’d come in ready to show his worth. For the most part, he did, only allowing two runs through the 5th, but then Terry Collins sent Harvey out for the 6th with more than 90 pitches. He didn’t record a single out in the 6th, giving up a two-run home to Brewers’ newcomer Eric Sogard and a solo shot to Orlando Arcia. Collins went to the bullpen, but the offense collected another run thanks to a sloppy rundown of Hernan Perez that allowed Jonathan Villar to score.
On the other side of the bump, Garza continued his streak of successful starts. Through six innings, the Brewers starter only allowed two runs on five hits and two walks. His season ERA now stands at 2.66 ERA. Really only two blemishes, a Neil Walker bomb in the 4th inning and some difficulty navigating the lineup for a final time in 6th. Garza looks good this season, a lot better than many had anticipated.
But what’s a Brewers game without some bullpen drama? In the 9th inning, Jacob Barnes came in in relief with a five-run lead. He only managed one out and gave up two more runs to move the game into a save situation. Counsell pulled Barnes and brought in Jared Hughes who got the final two outs to record a the stupid save. It really shouldn’t be this hard with a five-run lead.
The series continues tomorrow with a 6:10 p.m. game at Miller Park. Milwaukee sends Zach Davies (3-2, 5.60 ERA) to the hill again the Mets’ Robert Gsellman (2-2, 6.54 ERA).