WP: Steven Matz (1-1); LP: Zach Davies (0-2); Save: Jeurys Familia (7); Home runs: Mil - Hernan Perez (2), Ryan Braun (3), Travis Shaw (2); NYM: Todd Frazier 2 (2)
Yet another Box Score!
Another weak start by the Milwaukee Brewers’ (7-7) rotation put the Crew down early, and they came back to tie in the fourth but a three run fifth by the New York Mets (11-1) pushed a 3-2 advantage to 6-2. Milwaukee kept coming back but couldn’t quite make it all the way, dropping a 6-5 decision at Shea Stadium tonight.
Zach Davies got the ball for Craig Counsell tonight and could only go 4 1⁄3 innings before going over the 100 pitch mark and allowing five (all earned) runs, walking two, and striking out four. Of the seven hits Davies allowed, two were solo home runs by Todd Frazier.
Dan Jennings relieved in the fifth with two on and one out but allowed a double to Jay Bruce, scoring two. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a sac fly to right center (after a wild pitch put Bruce on third) that had a scary collision between Domingo Santana and Lorenzo Cain. Both seemed hobbled, but both remained in the game.
Milwaukee’s pen kept the Mets at six the rest of the way. Oliver Drake struck out three in the sixth around an error by Jesus Aguilar and two scoreless innings from Jacob Barnes (with one hit allowed and two strikeouts) finished another good performance by the relievers.
Mets’ starter Steven Matz held the Brewers hitless until there were two out in the fourth when Aguilar doubled deep into the gap in left center and Hernan Perez homered into the same area, tying things at two. Matz worked into the sixth with a 6-2 lead, and Santana led off the inning with a drive to the warning track in right that went off of Bruce’s glove for an error. Ryan Braun followed with a homer to the bullpen in right center to pull Milwaukee within two at 6-4. After a strikeout, Matz was relieved by Seth Lugo. The Brewers greeted him with infield singles by Aguilar and Perez, but Orlando Arcia bounced into a double play to end the frame.
Milwaukee had two two-out singles in the top of the seventh from Cain and Santana, but Cain was easily thrown out at third with Braun due up. In the eighth Travis Shaw golfed a low fastball into the bullpen to get the Crew within one, but Aguilar’s third hit (a single) and a two out hit by pinch hitter Eric Sogard went for naught when Jett Bandy dribbled back to reliever Robert Gsellman to end the inning.
Aguilar hit the ball hard in every at bat, flying out to the wall in left before this three hits. Two of his hits came against right handed hurlers.
Mets’ closer Jeurys Familia retired Milwaukee 1-2-3 in the ninth to earn his major league leading seventh save.
Brewer ace Chase Anderson (0-1, 3.38) goes tomorrow night for the Brewers against Matt Harvey 0-0, 3.60) for the Mets. TV starts at 6:10 CDT on FS Wisconsin.