Sunday, July 27, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Mets 2, Brewers 0
By Joe Totoraitis | Special to ESPNNewYork.com
MILWAUKEE -- Lucas Duda and Jacob deGrom made sure the New York Mets headed home for the first time since the All-Star break with a big 2-0 victory over Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
The Mets finished their 10-game road trip at .500, going (1-2) in San Diego, (2-1) in Seattle and (2-2) in Milwaukee.
Duda’s team-leading and career-high 18th home run was just as majestic as Friday night’s game-winning, two-run shot in the top of the ninth. This two-run blast with Daniel Murphy aboard landed in the second tier of the right-field bleachers. He has now gone deep in four of his past six games.
The rookie right-hander did his part, too. He limited the Brewers to three hits through six solid innings. He went out for the seventh having already thrown a season-high 109 pitches. Khris Davis whacked deGrom’s second pitch for a single. When Jean Segura followed with a one-out single, manager Terry Collins took out deGrom (5-5), who finished with four strike outs and two walks, and turned to Vic Black to protect the 2-0 lead.
A scorching July would be describe deGrom. He came in 3-1 with a 1.73 ERA, three straight starts of seven innings or more and one earned run or fewer, and did not alter that successful pattern. The only hiccup came July 8 against the Braves when he allowed three runs in five innings of a 3-1 loss in Atlanta.
Jeurys Familia pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, extending his scoreless streak to eight innings. Jenrry Mejia had the ninth. He made it interesting when he allowed a one-out single to Davis and a two-out single to Segura before getting Lyle Overbay to ground out to second for his 15th save, giving him seven saves in his last seven appearances.
The Mets challenged their 22nd play of the season. Davis was originally ruled safe on a grounder to short with one out in the bottom of the ninth. After an estimated time of 1 minute, 46 seconds, the call was stood.
Duda, who has now driven in at least one run in four straight games, rescued the Mets. They had their chances in the first three innings against Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson (1-2), but ended each frame going 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. Duda’s mighty swing changed all that in a hurry.
The Mets came into Sunday’s finale of the four-game series in a scoring funk. For the first three games, they had scored six runs, left 17 on base and were 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
Chris Young, batting .162 (6-37) in his previous 18 games, made it four doubles in two games with his drive to the wall in left-center in the fourth. He took third when Juan Lagares grounded out, but as far too often in this series, he was left stranded when Anthony Recker went down swinging.
Nelson had the first hit off deGrom in the third. Shortstop Ruben Tejada charged after the sharply hit ball and almost got it off the outfield grass behind second. It was Nelson’s first hit in professional baseball, snapping an 0-for-66 streak, including 0-for-7 in the majors.
Hit the Roof: Mark Reynolds teed off on a pitch from deGroom and hit the support wires that stretch high over the third-base side of Miller Park’s retractable roof. The ball caromed back and landed in left field, an automatic dead ball.
Interesting Reading: Among the various magazines and books in the Mets’ clubhouse one interesting selection stood out: New York Yankees Championship Heart.
What’s next: Right-hander Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA) makes his first start since flirting with perfection in the 7:10 p.m. opener of a three-game series with Philadelphia. He faces Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86).