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Ryan Braun and the Brewers walk off the Mets in the 18th inning

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Brewers pitching exceptional in extra inning affair

MLB: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Brewers faced off with the New York Mets this evening on “Star Wars Night” in Miller Park. Gio Gonzalez took the mound for the Brew Crew. Zack Wheeler did the same for the Mets. Both pitchers would prove very effective in a game that would go extra innings.

The Mets scored first in the second inning. Wilson Ramos singled to right with two outs. Ahmed Rosario followed that with a triple. Ramos scored to make the score 1-0.

The Brewers would answer in the bottom of the third. Ben Gamel led off the inning with a single to left field. He advanced to second on a throwing error by Wheeler who attempted to pick off the Brewers’ outfielder. Gamel would score on a single by Lorenzo Cain to tie the game. Eric Thames was up next, and drew a walk to make it runners at first and second. Mike Moustakas battled back from an 0-2 count to smack a double to the right field wall, scoring Cain. At the end of three, the score was 2-1.

Everything would settle down after then third. Wheeler went seven innings, striking out ten. Gio Gonzalez performed well too. He went 5.1 innings giving up just the one run on three hits and striking out seven.

Gonzalez turned the ball over to Matt Albers who pitched very well. Albers went 1.2 innings, striking out three and not allowing a base runner. Junior Guerra took over the eighth and ninth innings. Guerra looked sensational in the eighth. Unfortunately, Pete Alonzo got him in the ninth. Guerra gave up a solo shot to the power hitting rookie to tie the game.

Jeremy Jeffress came on to pitch a scoreless tenth. Corbin Burnes would take over in the eleventh and pitch 2.1 scoreless innings. Alex Claudio would come on with one out in the thirteenth.

Claudio would strike out Brandon Nimmo, but would give up back-to-back singles to Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff McNeil. Manager, Craig Counsell would go to the pen once again and bring in Adrian Houser to face the very dangerous Pete Alonzo. Houser was able to induce a ground ball to get out of the inning.

The Brewers put up a threat in the bottom of the thirteenth. Hernan Perez led off the inning with a single, and Eric Thames walked. What looked like a double steal gone awry, Eric Thames was caught as he tried to get back to first after beginning a steal when he realized that Perez decided not to go. Moustakas would walk as well, but the inning ended on a fly out by Yasmani Grandal.

Adrian Houser came out for the top of the fourteenth. Other than a walk to Michael Conforto, he would end the inning unblemished. Ryan Braun doubled in the bottom of the fourteenth but remain stranded. There would not be another threat until the bottom of the seventeenth. Braun would double again, and Gamel would be intentionally walked, but no runs would cross.

Taylor Williams took over pitching duties in the fifteenth, and he would pitch for awhile. He pitched well too, but in the top of the eighteenth with two outs, Hechavarria singled and would steal second. Jeff McNeil followed with a single scoring Hechavarria giving the lead to the Mets.

In the bottom of the eighteenth as things were looking bleak, Chris Flexen walked Thames, Grandal, and Travis Shaw. The bases were loaded with one out. Ryan Braun came to the plate and continued his big night. With his sixth hit of the night, a single, Thames and Grandal scored and brought the Brewers their nineteenth victory of the year in dramatic fashion. Epic win by the Brewers, 4-3.

The Brewers and Mets will play the final game of their series. The Brewers will send ERA leader Zach Davies to the mound. The Mets will send out Jason Vargas. First pitch will be at 1:10 CT. You can listen to the game on WTMJ and watch it on Fox Sports Wisconsin.