The afternoon Mets vs. Brewers game was all about late inning heroics. The Mets and Brewers each came back from multi-run leads late. Here’s how it all went down.
In the top of the first, Jerry Hairston Jr. got on with a one out walk. In the net at-bat, he was driven home by Ryan Braun, as he hit a long two-run home run to center to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead off started Chris Capuano.
In the bottom of the inning, Capuano’s counterpart, Randy Wolf, also got off to a rocky start. Wolf gave up a run on a Jason Bay RBI single that also loaded the bases, but he got out of the jam by getting Ronny Paulino to fly out.
No one scored again until the Brewers threatened in the third. They got two men on with two outs for Prince Fielder, who hit a home run over theright field fence to put the Brewers ahead 5-1.
The Brewers got to Capuano again in the sixth, knocking him out of the game. Milwaukee scored two off Capuano, both of them coming on a Yuniesky Betancourt two-run homer that scored Ryan Braun. At that point, the game seemed to be broken open with the Mets down 7-1.
They wouldn’t give up without a fight, though, putting together a monster bottom of the seventh, scoring a total of five runs off Brewer pitching, four of them off Randy Wolf. The inning started off with singles by Ronny Paulino and Nick Evans. Paulino scored when the next hitter, Ruben Tejada, doubled to left. Willie Harris, pinch hitting for Pedro Beato, hit a sac fly that scored Nick Evans to narrow the Brewers lead to 7-3. Angel Pagan singled to center, advancing Tejada to third. That was all for Randy Wolf. He finished up after 6.1, charged with five runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out three. He was relieved by Takashi Saito, who loaded the bases for David Wright. Wright hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Ruben Tejada. Lucas Duda, the next batter, hit an RBI double that scored both Angel Pagan and David Wright. That would be all for the inning. Jason Bay flied out to end the inning with the Mets behind 7-6.
Milwaukee couldn’t respond in the top of the eighth, failing to score off Bobby Parnell, who got through the inning in just nine pitches.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Mets continued their seventh inning magic off Francisco Rodriguez. Pitching for the first time against the Mets since the trade, struggled. Ruben Tejada got on, and was driven in when Josh Thole hit a double to center. Then, Angel Pagan, who had a big day at the plate, hit a home run that drove in Mike Baxter, who was pinch running for Thole. That capped off two ggreat innings for the Mets, as they scored a total of eight runs.
The game wasn’t over yet. Yes, this goes on. Jason Isringhausen came on to get the save in the top of the ninth, but struggled and exited after facing four batters. He walked a batter, allowed a single, and allowed another walk to load the bases. Then, he walked Mark Kotsay to narrow the Mets lead to 9-8. Izzy was then relieved by Manny Acosta, who also struggled, and two hits to allow all of the runners he inherited from Izzy to score. The Brewers took an 11-9 lead they would not relinquish.
The bottom of the ninth was quiet, a 1-2-3 inning for John Axford, who got the save, his 37th of the year.
This was just a sluggfest. It was that kind of game. Capuano was bad, but so was Wolf. The Mets should have won after the comeback. They had all the momentum, and their closer on the mound. Isringhausen just didn’t have it tonight. It was disappointing, but it happens sometimes. A positive sign from today was the fire. Wow, did the Mets fight back! Great to see that a team that’s buried with almost no hopes of accomplishing anything this season, still has this much fight left in them.