Saturday, September 28, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Brewers 4, Mets 2 (10)
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- The good news: The Mets clinched a top-10 pick, ensuring they will not have to forfeit their first selection in next June’s draft no matter which free agent they sign this offseason.
The bad news: The Mets dropped to 32-48 at Citi Field, ensuring their worst home record since they went 28-53 in 1993.
Scott Atchison surrendered two runs, including a tiebreaking RBI single to ex-Met Carlos Gomez, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Mets, 4-2, in 10 innings Saturday.
The Mets now have played 57 extra innings this season -- three shy of matching the franchise record set in 1979 and duplicated in '85.
The Mets had pulled even at 2 in the bottom of the ninth on Eric Young Jr.'s RBI single against Donovan Hand, but David Wright grounded into a double play with runners on the corners with a chance for a walk-off win.
The Mets also wasted a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the seventh.
Record-setter: Juan Lagares produced his 14th outfield assist, extending his franchise rookie record. Lagares threw out Jonathan Lucroy trying to score from second base on Scooter Gennett’s sixth-inning single. The assist preserved a 1-all tie.
Thirteen of Lagares’ outfield assists have come as a center fielder, tying the franchise single-season record also accomplished by Del Unser (1975) and Carlos Beltran (2006), according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The overall franchise record for outfield assists is 19 by Rusty Staub in 1974, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Lagares’ 14 are the most by a Met since Cliff Floyd had 15 in 2005.
Duck! Wright, in his return to the lineup after getting beaned by Johnny Hellweg on Thursday, had a pitch thrown behind his head by rookie Jimmy Nelson in the fourth inning.
Nelson, making his first major league start, walked three batters that inning alone and did not appear to know where the ball was going.
Wright had skipped Friday’s game with a swollen right thumb, which he suffered landing awkwardly after the beaning in the series opener.
Man of steal: Daniel Murphy swiped his 22nd base of the season, this time catching the Brewers napping. Murphy stole second base in the second inning with Nelson holding the baseball and the middle infielders inattentive.
Murphy has now successfully stolen 21 straight bases, matching Kevin McReynolds for the second-longest streak in franchise history without being caught. McReynolds went 21-for-21 in 1988.
Howard Johnson owns the franchise record with 26 straight successful steals in 1989.
Murphy also extended his hitting streak to 10 games. His fourth-inning sacrifice fly evened the score at 1.
It’s a draw: Neither Jean Segura nor Young, who are tied for the NL lead in steals, swiped a base Saturday. So they remain tied at 44 entering the final day of the season.
Nothing to harangue: Free-agent-to-be Aaron Harang limited Milwaukee to one run on five hits and two walks in six innings. He finished with a 3.52 ERA in four starts with the club after a cameo with Triple-A Las Vegas.
What’s next: Game No. 162. Jonathon Niese (8-8, 3.74 ERA) opposes right-hander Marco Estrada (7-4, 4.02) in the season finale. Mike Piazza will become the 27th inductee into the Mets Hall of Fame during a pregame ceremony. The Mets are asking fans to be in their seats by 12:45 p.m. The game will start later than the officially listed 1:10 p.m.