WP: Neftali Feliz (1-4)
LP: Addison Reed (0-2)
BS: Reed (1)
SV: Corey Knebel (1)
HR: NY - Michael Conforto (9); MIL - Keon Broxton (4), Jonathan Villar (5), Manny Pina (2)
On Mother's Day 2006, Bill Hall was just starting what would end up being a career year. He'd end up hitting 35 home runs that season, but the only one anyone still remembers is the walkoff shot he hit on Mother's Day with the pink bat he used in honor of his mom, who was in the stands.
We still talk about that home run every year on this day. Now we have another one to talk about.
Manny Pina hit a three-run, go-ahead home run in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Brewers an 11-9 lead, capping off a comeback from a 7-1 deficit and giving the Brewers a series sweep of the New York Mets.
Things did not look good in the middle part of the game, with the Mets teeing off on Wily Peralta and Jhan Marinez in the 5th inning. Peralta labored through 4.1 innings, giving way to Marinez after allowing four straight baserunners (to be fair, the first was on an error). Wily was pulled after surrendering a two-run, bases loaded double. Marinez promptly allowed a two-run double of his own to hang a final total of 7 runs (6 earned) on Peralta's line and put the Brewers in a six-run hole at 7-1.
But the Brewers started to fight back in the bottom of the 6th, with Keon Broxton hitting a two-run homer with two outs to cut the lead to 7-3. Neil Walker got a run back for the Mets in the top of the 7th with an RBI single, but Jonathan Villar hit a two-run dinger of his own bottom half, and Jesus Aguilar followed with an RBI double that was nearly a game-tying home run to center. Instead, the Brewers would have to settle for cutting the deficit to 8-6.
Neftali Feliz came on in the top of the 8th for his first appearance since being demoted from the closer's role and gave up a leadoff single before getting two outs on screaming line drives. After getting T.J. Rivera to an 0-2 count with two outs, Feliz left a fastball up that Rivera poked into right field to drive in a run. Rivera made it over to third on a "triple" after Domingo Santana had trouble stopping the ball in right field (he took a terrible route and the ball rolled to the wall), but Feliz got out of the inning without further damage.
Luckily, the Brewers bats don't quit this year.
Orlando Arcia worked a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 8th, and Villar hit a long single off the wall in right (Michael Conforto was perfectly positioned to play it off the wall and his throw into the infield would have cut down Villar at second). The Mets brought in lefty Josh Edgin to face Eric Thames as the tying run, but Edgin hit him, clipping the Bondsian elbow guard to load the bases.
That forced the Mets to bring in new closer Addison Reed with the bases loaded and just one out in the 8th. Latin Babe Ruth Hernan Perez drove in two with an opposite-field single to cut the lead to 9-8, then Pina delivered with the three-run bomb and emphatic bat spike to give the Brewers the lead.
After scoring 10 runs in the final three innings of the game, Corey Knebel slammed the door in the 9th for his first save, striking out Matt Reynolds to end the game and secure his 20th straight appearance with a K.
What a freaking game. Afterwards, Pina got multiple gatorade showers.
The Brewers now stand at 21-17 and head out west for a series against the San Diego Padres.