Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Brewers 8, Mets 0
By Adam Rubin
WHAT IT MEANS: Dillon Gee allowed seven runs for the second time this season. And the Mets’ attempt to climb six games over .500 came up short for the third time in a week. The Mets lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-0, on a wet Tuesday night at Citi Field as David Wright stewed about being pulled from the game.
Gee was chased with one out in the sixth and the Mets trailing 7-0 after serving up a three-run homer to Travis Ishikawa -- the ex-Giant’s second long ball in two innings and his third, fourth and career-high fifth RBIs of the game.
Gee’s ERA swelled to 5.65.
Gee (2-3) also allowed seven runs against the San Francisco Giants on April 23. His career high for runs allowed was eight against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 10-0 loss on Aug. 22, 2011.
Zack Greinke tossed seven scoreless innings for Milwaukee.
D.J. FIASCO: Tasked with logging innings with a lopsided deficit to protect the rest of the bullpen, D.J. Carrasco lasted all of three batters. Rickie Weeks launched a one-out homer to left field off Carrasco in the seventh to snap an 0-for-21 rut. Carrasco then plunked Ryan Braun on the arm with the next pitch -- either (1) unintentionally, (2) because of the homer, or (3) because of Braun beating a drug suspension. Carrasco was ejected by plate umpire Gary Darling. Braun has been hit by an NL-high five pitches this season, matching last year's total. Two of the plunkings came in Milwaukee's previous series, against the rival Chicago Cubs.
Ramon Ramirez logged the final 2-2/3 innings.
SIT AND STEW: Terry Collins pulled Wright for pinch hitter Jordany Valdespin the half-inning after Carrasco’s ejection, and Wright was shown on TV expressing displeasure with his manager for the decision to remove him.
It was not immediately clear whether Collins was motivated by fearing retribution for the Braun plunking since the two-game series was ending, or simply wanted to get Wright out of the game with an 8-0 deficit and wet weather. Collins recently said Wright would need a break during a 20-games-in-20-days stretch.
Wright went 2-for-2 to lift his average to .408 before departing.
NEW CITI JACKS: Ishikawa’s second homer would not have been a long ball under the old Citi Field dimensions. Opponents now lead 5-4 in homers that benefited from the revised dimensions.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Cincinnati Reds visit Citi Field for a two-game series. Johan Santana (1-2, 2.92 ERA) opposes right-hander Mike Leake (0-5, 7.11) in Wednesday’s 7:10 p.m. opener.