WP: Boone Logan (1-0); LP: Jerry Blevins (1-1) Save: Corey Knebel (4); Homeruns: NYM - Asdrubal Cabrera (8), Devin Mesoraco (5); Mil - Jesus Aguilar (9)
A very tight, but winning, Box Score
The Milwaukee Brewers (34-20) rallied for an 8-7 win over the New York Mets (25-24) Sunday afternoon at Miller Park, with a four run seventh inning keying the victory. The Brewers used three consecutive two out hits, following a two out walk, to overcome a 6-4 deficit. The win gave the Crew a 3-1 series win against New York, and their fifth series win in a row.
The Brewers scored first today, in the first, getting consecutive singles from Lorenzo Cain, Christian Yelich, and an RBI hit from Jesus Aguilar (on a ball to right-center that should have been caught). Mets’ starter Zack Weeler minimized the damage by getting the next three with no more scoring.
After a quick and easy first inning, Jhoulys Chacin had a long and hard second. New York combined five singles, a hit batter, and a walk for four runs. That three run lead lasted into the bottom of the third when the same three guys (Cain, Yelich, and Aguilar) combined with a walk, a single, and a towering three run shot for Jesus.
Chacin worked into the seventh inning, allowing a run in the fifth on a double (overturned from a homer because the ball bounced off of the top of the wall and back in) by Michael Conforto, a groundout, and a soft single to left by Jay Bruce. Jhoulys was relieved with one out in the seventh, and Boone Logan gave up a homer to Asdrubal Cabrera to push the lead to 6-4.
Logan was the beneficiary of the Brewers second, and decisive, big inning of the day. Robert Gsellman took over for Wheeler and retired pinch-hitter Ryan Braun on a liner to Bruce in right. A Cain single was followed by a fielder’s choice from Yelich, and then the roof caved in on the Mets’ bullpen. Gsellman walked Aguilar and NY manager Mickey Callaway decided to go matchy with lefty Jerry Blevins against Travis Shaw. Shaw’s single pulled the Brewers within a run, 6-5.
Back to a righty (Paul Sewald) for Domingo Santana, and Sunday’s cue-shot double to right plated two, giving Milwaukee a 7-6 lead. Jonathon Villar doubled in Santana, and it was 8-6 into the eighth.
Jeremy Jeffress worked a perfect inning, although the Mets made solid contact on two of the three batters, but nothing fell in. A Ryan Braun single went to waste in the bottom of the eighth.
Corey Knebel continued his struggles from Friday night, allowing a lead-off homer to Devin Mesoraco. After a ground out, Corey walked Amed Rosario on four pitches. Cabrera followed up his seventh inning homer with a swinging strikeout, bringing up Conforto.
With two strikes Rosario stole second, and Conforto worked the count to 2-2 before fouling off a pitch, and then striking out on a fastball on the corner to give Knebel his fourth save and Logan his first win as a Brewer.
Memorial Day brings the St. Louis Cardinals (28-22, four back of Milwaukee) in for an afternoon contest at Miller Park. Luke Weaver (3-4, 4.31) goes for the Cards and faces Milwaukee’s Brent Suter (4-3, 4.56) looks to befuddle yet another opponent. The Cards beat Pittsburgh, who falls five back in the NL Central. The Cubs play tonight against the Giants.