New York Mets: Jonathan Lucroy

Series preview: Mets at Brewers

July, 23, 2014

Mike McGinnis/Getty ImagesJonathan Lucroy had a two-homer game Tuesday against Cincinnati, including a walk-off shot.
METS (48-53, third place/NL East) vs. MILWAUKEE BREWERS (57-45, first place/NL Central)

Thursday: RHP Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92) vs. RHP Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04), 8:10 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.78) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.79), 8:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: LHP Jonathon Niese (5-5, 3.13) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (11-6, 3.58), 7:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Jacob deGrom (4-5, 3.01) vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.06), 2:10 p.m. ET

Brewers short hops

Matt Garza aims to rebound after having the shortest start of his career Saturday at Washington. Garza recorded only one out while surrendering five earned runs on five hits and two walks.

• All-Star third baseman Aramis Ramirez played in his 2,000th career game Wednesday. Ramirez, 36, became the 14th active player to reach that milestone, joining Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Bobby Abreu, Adrian Beltre, Paul Konerko, Jason Giambi, Torii Hunter, Ichiro Suzuki, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Beltran, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols and Jimmy Rollins. Ramirez had floated retirement as a possibility after this season, but since has resolved to continue playing in 2015. The sides have a mutual $14 million option for next season with a $4 million team buyout.

Jonathan Lucroy started the All-Star Game at catcher because of an injury to St. Louis’ Yadier Molina. Lucroy’s .312 average is tied for fifth in the National League. He had been 9-for-55 this month before a two-homer game Tuesday, which included a walk-off shot. It was his second career walk-off homer. Both have come against the Cincinnati Reds. The other: against flame-throwing Aroldis Chapman last Aug. 16.

Greg Fiume/Getty ImagesRyan Braun has an 11-game hitting streak.

• First baseman Mark Reynolds had two homers Wednesday as Milwaukee completed a sweep of the Reds. Reynolds’ 16 homers are tied for 10th in the NL, but he also has a .207 average and .300 on-base percentage.

Scooter Gennett departed Tuesday’s game with right quadriceps tightness and did not play Wednesday, although he is not considered a DL candidate. Gennett leads NL second baseman in average (.305) and slugging percentage (.481). Rickie Weeks started in his place.

• The Brewers recently mourned the loss of shortstop Jean Segura's 9-month-old son Janniel. The youngster unexpectedly passed away in the Dominican Republic on July 12. The 24-year-old Segura returned from bereavement leave on Friday.

• A 2 a.m. fire in the kitchen of a restaurant at Miller Park on Monday caused damage that has left an area of the ballpark unusable. The area includes a few escalators and elevators in left field, a concession area and meeting rooms.

Yovani Gallardo has allowed 19 runs (16 earned) on 33 hits, four walks and a hit batter in 23 1/3 innings over his past four starts.

• The Brewers have been in first place since April 5.

• Ex-Met Carlos Gomez has been selected to two straight All-Star Games.

• Right fielder Ryan Braun has an 11-game hitting streak. His 224 career homers are third on the franchise’s all-time list. Robin Yount is No. 1 at 251. Prince Fielder is second at 230. Before this season, Braun only had one career appearance in right field -- in the 2009 All-Star Game.

Francisco Rodriguez has 333 saves, which rank 12th all time. Next up is Rollie Fingers at 341. K-Rod’s All-Star selection this season was the fifth of his career. He last had been selected in 2009 as a Met.

• Since his first major league homer on July 23, 2013, Khris Davis' 27 long balls rank third among NL outfielders, trailing only Giancarlo Stanton (37) and Justin Upton (29).

Series preview: Mets vs. Brewers

June, 9, 2014

Getty ImagesThe Mets are due to face Marco Estrada, Wily Peralta and Kyle Lohse during the upcoming series at Citi Field.
METS (28-35, fourth place/NL East) vs. MILWAUKEE BREWERS (38-26, first place/NL Central)

Tuesday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-0, 3.21) vs. RHP Marco Estrada (5-2, 4.19), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-2, 3.19) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (5-5, 3.03), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.68) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (7-2, 3.27), 7:10 p.m. ET

Brewers short hops

• Ex-Met Francisco Rodriguez has 19 saves, one shy of Sergio Romo’s MLB-leading 20 with the San Francisco Giants. K-Rod produced a four-out save Sunday as the Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 1-0. It marked his first save exceeding one inning since June 9, 2011 with the Mets against Milwaukee.

Mike McGinnis/Getty ImagesFrancisco Rodriguez recorded his 323rd career save Sunday.

Rodriguez has 323 career saves, which ranks 15th all time. Next up: Roberto Hernandez at 326. K-Rod re-signed with Milwaukee on Feb. 7 for $3.25 million, with the potential to earn another $550,000 in performance bonuses. He did not pitch in the Cactus League until March 15 because he stepped on a cactus.

• Catcher Jonathan Lucroy is tied with Yasiel Puig for second in the National League with a .335 average, trailing only Troy Tulowitzki (.361). Lucroy has 23 doubles. He is on pace for 58, which would set a franchise record. Lyle Overbay had 53 doubles in 2004, during his first stint with the Brewers.

• Shortstop Jean Segura moved to the leadoff spot on May 22, with ex-Met Carlos Gomez switching to cleanup. Segura ranks second in the NL in runs scored since the change with 14. Teammate Khris Davis, a left fielder, has a league-leading 16.

Aramis Ramirez returned to the starting lineup as the DH Wednesday and then at third base Friday after spending three weeks on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Mark Reynolds played third base in Ramirez’s absence.

• After unsuccessful talks with the Mets regarding Ike Davis, the Brewers have pieced together first base this season with an ex-Yankee duo: the righty-hitting Reynolds and the lefty-hitting Overbay. They are hitting a combined .213 (66-for-310), but also have 15 homers and 45 RBIs, including Reynolds’ production at other positions. Reynolds’ 13 homers are tied for fourth in the NL.

• Right-hander Tyler Thornburg, whom the Mets reportedly sought in a potential trade for Davis during the offseason, has landed on the disabled list with right elbow soreness. Right-hander Mike Fiers was promoted from Triple-A Nashville.

Kyle Lohse had been 17-5 with a 2.80 ERA over his last 34 starts before surrendering eight runs in five innings at Pittsburgh on Friday. The ill-fated start lifted his season ERA from 2.60 to 3.27.

• Gomez is hitting .307 with 12 homers, 35 RBIs and 11 steals in 231 at-bats. The excitable Gomez served a three-game suspension in mid-May for his role in a bench-clearing brawl at Pittsburgh. He also had helped incite a brawl against the Atlanta Braves last season.

• Second baseman Rickie Weeks is batting .381 (24-for-63) since April 25.

Ryan Braun missed the final 65 games of last season after negotiating a suspension related to his Biogenesis involvement. Braun admitted via a statement last August to using a “cream and a lozenge” to rehab a 2011 injury. He has batted second in 14 of the past 15 games. He exclusively had batter third the previous three seasons. Braun is third on Milwaukee’s all-time home run list with 220, trailing Robin Yount (251) and Prince Fielder (230).

• Left-handed reliever Will Smith, who was acquired from the Kansas City Royals on Dec. 5 for outfielder Norichika Aoki, has a 0.94 ERA in 32 appearances. Lefty batters are hitting .135 (5-for-37) against him this season. Fellow lefty reliever Wei-Chung Wang is the 11th Taiwanese player in MLB history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He debuted in the majors at age 21, becoming the youngest player ever to appear in the majors from that country.

Matt Garza signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Brewers on Jan. 27 after splitting the 2013 season between the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers.

Rapid Reaction: Brewers 4, Mets 2 (10)

September, 28, 2013
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.

Rapid Reaction: Brewers 4, Mets 2

September, 26, 2013
NEW YORK -- David Wright did not dodge a pitch from right-hander Johnny Hellweg, but he appears to have dodged a bullet. Beaned in the head with an 86 mph changeup, Wright departed in the third inning but subsequently passed concussion tests, a source told

The Mets went on to lose to the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, on Thursday night at Citi Field.

Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesDavid Wright was plunked by a third-inning pitch from Johnny Hellweg.

One personal feat Thursday: Eric Young Jr. recorded his 43rd and 44th steals, moving him into a tie for the National League lead with Jean Segura of the Brewers, who is sidelined with a hamstring strain.

In his final 2013 start, Dillon Gee departed for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth with the Mets trailing, 4-1. Unless Terry Collins sneaks Gee into a relief appearance Sunday, Gee will finish one inning shy of 200 for the season. He is 12-11 with a 3.62 ERA.

The Mets dropped to 32-46 at Citi Field this season. They finished with a 41-40 road record.

As for potential payback for Wright’s beaning, David Aardsma plunked Jonathan Lucroy to open the eighth.

The Mets went 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

What’s next: Carlos Torres (4-5, 3.36 ERA) opposes right-hander Yovani Gallardo (11-10, 4.23) at 7:10 p.m. Friday. The Mets will present their Sterling Awards to top prospects from each level before the game. Among those in town: 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 2, Brewers 1

July, 7, 2013
MILWAUKEE -- All hail Josh Satin! And Jeremy Hefner, too!

Satin, after a two-day absence from the lineup, went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and RBI and Hefner took a scoreless effort into the seventh as the Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 2-1, in Sunday’s rubber game at Miller Park.

Satin extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games and lifted his season average to .382 and on-base percentage to .485. With the Mets facing left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, Satin was starting for the first time since Ike Davis returned from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Benny Sieu/USA TODAY SportsJeremy Hefner took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning Sunday.

Hefner was bidding for a shutout until surrendering a leadoff homer in the seventh to Jonathan Lucroy. It was only the Brewers’ second hit of the game and cut the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Hefner’s eight strikeouts matched a career high.

His final line: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR. He threw 105 pitches (71 strikes).

Hefner (4-6) now has a 1.64 ERA over his past seven starts. He has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of those outings.

With the game scoreless, Satin produced a two-out double in the fourth -- narrowly.

Replays showed he actually was tagged out at second base trying to stretch the hit into a double, but umpire John Hirschbeck ruled in the Mets’ favor over protests from the Brewers.

Satin then scored an unearned run as Milwaukee’s weekend sloppiness continued. On Andrew Brown’s ensuing grounder to third base, which was ruled an infield single, Juan Francisco errantly threw to first base, allowing Satin to scamper home.

Satin plated Marlon Byrd in the sixth for a 2-0 Mets lead after Byrd reached on what also was ruled an infield single and E-5.

Extra help: Bobby Parnell converted a four-out save after inheriting a runner on first base from Josh Edgin in the eighth. It was Parnell’s second save of more than an inning this season. He also had a four-out save June 18 against the Atlanta Braves.

What’s next: The Mets visit San Francisco, which should be a noteworthy series for Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.

Harvey (7-2, 2.27 ERA) opens the series Monday, facing Tim Lincecum (4-9, 4.66) at 10:15 p.m. ET. NL All-Star manager Bruce Bochy, who will be selecting the starting pitcher for the July 16 game at Citi Field, will be watching from the home dugout at AT&T Park.

Wheeler in Wednesday’s series finale faces the organization that traded him to the Mets two years ago.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 12, Brewers 5

July, 5, 2013

MILWAUKEE -- It was ugggggly, but at least the Mets won.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis reached base six times and produced a career-high five RBIs, Zack Wheeler completed five innings for his second major league win and Ike Davis had three hits, a walk and two RBIs in his return from exile as the Mets beat the NL Central-doormat Milwaukee Brewers 12-5 Friday night at Miller Park.

Six unearned runs were scored between the teams. And Milwaukee’s three errors only began to tell the story.

The Brewers’ unsightly missteps included:

• Starter Johnny Hellweg walking Nieuwenhuis to force in a run.

• A high throw by shortstop Jean Segura to first base while trying to complete a double play later in the first inning, which allowed Juan Lagares to safely reach and a run to score.

Norichika Aoki getting thrown out at the plate on an ill-fated double-steal attempt.

• Third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s error in the fourth on John Buck’s two-out grounder allowing the Mets’ seventh run to score.

Carlos Gomez, after producing an RBI double in the seventh that pulled Milwaukee within 8-4, getting thrown out attempting to make it a triple.

On the positive side, Gomez did reach over the wall to rob pinch hitter Marlon Byrd of a would-be homer.

Welcome back: Davis’ rejiggered stance turned out to be more hype than radical adjustment, but the first baseman did go 3-for-5 with a walk, two RBIs and strikeout in his first major league game since June 9.

Davis walked on four pitches in the first inning, then contributed a fluky RBI single an inning later that staked the Mets to a 3-2 lead. He sent a soft, two-out tapper to shortstop with the bases loaded for a run-scoring infield single.

He had a hard-hit single to right field in the fourth before striking out looking in the sixth. After an intentional walk to David Wright in the seventh, Davis lined out to right field. He had an RBI single in the ninth.

Growing pains: Wheeler labored, but managed to complete five innings to earn his second major league victory.

Wheeler (2-1) surrendered a pair of runs in the first, although those ended up unearned because of second baseman Daniel Murphy’s fielding error. Wheeler also surrendered a mammoth solo homer to Juan Francisco in the fourth.

But Wheeler escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth to preserve a 7-3 lead and complete his outing. Wheeler retired Jonathan Lucroy on a shallow fly ball to center that prevented a tag up, then struck out Francisco looking.

Wheeler’s line: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. He threw 98 pitches (56 strikes).

Career fare: Nieuwenhuis (4-for-4, two walks) became the first Met to reach base six times in a nine-inning game without an error contributing since Mike Piazza on May 27, 2000.

He staked the Mets to a 1-0 lead in the first when Hellweg walked him with the bases loaded. An inning later, the Mets grabbed a 5-2 lead on Nieuwenhuis’ two-run single through the right side of the infield. Nieuwenhuis also had an RBI single in the fourth. He added an RBI triple in the ninth.

What’s next: Ex-Brewer Shaun Marcum, who dealt with tingling in the fingers on his pitching hand during his last start, faces his former employer Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET. Marcum (1-9, 5.03 ERA) opposes right-hander Yovani Gallardo (6-8, 4.78).

Series preview: Mets at Brewers

July, 4, 2013

USA TODAY Spors/Associated Press/Getty ImagesThe Mets face (l to r) Johnny Hellweg, Yovani Gallardo and tentatively Wily Peralta this weekend.
METS (35-47, fourth place/NL East) vs. MILWAUKEE BREWERS (34-50, fifth place/NL Central)

Friday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-1, 5.06) vs. RHP Johnny Hellweg (0-1, 20.25), 8:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Shaun Marcum (1-9, 5.03) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (6-8, 4.78), 7:15 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (3-6, 3.54) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (5-9, 5.27), 2:10 p.m. ET

Brewers short hops

Wily Peralta was forced to leave Tuesday’s start against the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning with a left hamstring strain. He is questionable to make Sunday’s start. Fellow starting pitcher Marco Estrada already has been on the DL for nearly a month with a left hamstring strain. If Peralta is not able to make the start, right-hander Tyler Thornburg, the Brewers’ top prospect, who currently is working out of the bullpen, is a candidate to fill in.

• Ex-Met Francisco Rodriguez has taken over the closer role from Jim Henderson. Manager Ron Roenicke told Milwaukee reporters the decision was performance-based and not intended to showcase K-Rod before the July 31 trade deadline, although Rodriguez clearly is a trade candidate. Rodriguez has a 0.92 ERA and has recorded seven saves. That included the 300th save of his career, which made him the 25th pitcher in major league history to reach that plateau. K-Rod joined the Brewers on May 16, four weeks after signing with the organization. His contract calls for a prorated portion of a $2 million base salary.

Jamie Sabau/Getty ImagesEx-Met Carlos Gomez leads the NL in WAR.

• Center fielder Carlos Gomez signed a three-year, $24 million extension in March. After earning $4.3 million this year, he will receive $7 million in 2014, $8 million in 2015 and $9 million in 2016. Gomez was traded by the Mets to the Minnesota Twins in the Johan Santana deal. He recently missed a week with a sprained left shoulder, which he suffered crashing into the outfield wall. Gomez’s 4.8 WAR leads the NL. David Wright ranks second at 4.7.

• Left fielder Ryan Braun, who is on the disabled list with an inflamed nerve between the thumb and index finger in his right hand, has started swinging a bat. He potentially could return before the All-Star break.

Jean Segura, acquired from the Los Angeles Angels along with Johnny Hellweg for Zack Greinke before last year’s trade deadline, leads the National League in hits. He ranks third in NL All-Star balloting at shortstop. The only major leaguers with 10-plus homers and 20-plus steals this season are Segura and Mike Trout.

Juan Francisco was acquired from the Atlanta Braves on June 3 for Double-A left-hander Thomas Keeling. A natural third baseman, the Brewers nearly exclusively have used Francisco at first base, although he did play third base Thursday and commit two errors. His only previous pro experience at first base was three games in 2010 in Triple-A with the Cincinnati Reds.

• Hellweg, a 6-foot-9 rookie, allowed seven runs (five earned) in 1 2/3 innings in his major league debut last Friday. He then appeared once in relief. Kyle Lohse jumped ahead in the rotation because Lohse’s June 30 start lasted only 1 2/3 innings before a rain delay ended his outing. Hellweg touched 102 mph in a Triple-A game earlier this season.

Yovani Gallardo was charged with a season-high eight runs against Nats in his last start. That is as many earned runs as Gallardo surrendered in five June outings. The three-inning outing was his shortest since April 27, 2012. Gallardo, although signed for next season, is a trade candidate.

Jonathan Lucroy’s 40 RBIs as a catcher rank second in the NL at that position, trailing only St. Louis’ Yadier Molina.

Corey Hart, who has not appeared this season, needs left knee surgery that will sideline him the entire year. He had undergone surgery in January on his right knee. Hart is eligible for free agency after the season. He is one of three Brewers first basemen who have season-ending injuries. The others: Mat Gamel (torn ACL suffered during spring training) and Taylor Green (hip surgery).

• Third baseman Aramis Ramirez has required sporadic days off for a left knee issue. He twice has sprained the knee this season.

• The Brewers have drawn the fewest walks in the majors.

• Second baseman Rickie Weeks hit .355 with five homers in June.

• Former closer John Axford has not surrendered a run in his last 23 appearances. Axford reportedly is drawing trade interest.

Series preview: Mets vs. Brewers

May, 13, 2012

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The Mets face Yovani Gallardo and Zack Greinke during a two-game miniseries at Citi Field.
METS (19-15, third place/NL East) vs. MILWAUKEE BREWERS (15-19, fourth place/NL Central)

Monday: RHP Miguel Batista (0-1, 5.89) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (2-3, 5.35), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Dillon Gee (2-2, 4.78) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (3-1, 3.35), 7:10 p.m. ET

Brewers short hops

• 2011 MVP Ryan Braun has nine homers since April 21, the most in the National League since that date. St. Louis’ Carlos Beltran, who again went deep Sunday, is second during that span with eight long balls. Braun successfully contested a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test by challenging the chain of custody of his sample. He has received mixed fan reaction on the road this season -- vociferous booing, for instance, in Atlanta and a rather tame response in San Francisco.

Rickie Weeks suffered a painfully bruised left hand/wrist injury when he was hit by a 96 mph fastball from Cubs reliever Lendy Castillo in the 13th inning Friday -- the second time he was plunked in that game. X-rays were negative, but the Brewers are waiting for swelling to subside to retest him for a possible hairline fracture. Weeks is not on the DL, but may miss both games of the Mets series. Edwin Maysonet started at second base Saturday in Weeks’ place and belted a grand slam after an intentional walk to Travis Ishikawa. Brooks Conrad manned second base Sunday with Maysonet at shortstop so that Cesar Izturis could have a day off, but the Mets may see Maysonet both games at second base.

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Ryan Braun has received a mixed reaction from fans on the road since successfully combatting a suspension.

• The Brewers actually are without three-quarters of their original infield. The other two absentees are not returning this season.

Mat Gamel, the successor to Prince Fielder at first base, was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Shortstop Alex Gonzalez also is out for the season after suffering the identical injury. Ishikawa and Taylor Green, with limited Conrad, now are sharing first base. Milwaukee recently spoke with unsigned Derrek Lee, but could not reach terms on a contract. The defensively oriented Izturis has taken over at shortstop.

• Closer John Axford’s streak of consecutive saves ended Friday at 49 with a blown save against the Cubs. Axford was not around after that game to discuss his outing. His wife Nicole unexpectedly had gone into labor, and he left this playful note for reporters: "I put my wife into contractions with my performance tonight! The streak is over so now you can talk about it. The luck I’ve had in the past didn’t show up tonight! All I can do is start another streak and keep my head up! Cliché ... cliché ... cliché ... another cliché. Gotta go! Love, Ax."

Francisco Rodriguez is 0-3 with a 5.28 ERA through 17 appearances, but his numbers actually have been skewed by three bad outings; otherwise, he largely has produced in an eighth-inning role, albeit with his familiar tendency to allow baserunners. K-Rod produced his first save as a Brewer on April 10 at Wrigley Field. He had been offered arbitration last offseason with Milwaukee trying to get draft-pick compensation for him signing elsewhere. But with the closer market congested, Rodriguez accepted the arbitration offer and returned for this season for a guaranteed $8 million.

• The Brewers signed Aramis Ramirez to a three-year, $36 deal as a free agent to succeed Fielder in the cleanup spot, but the ex-Cub is hitting only .230 with two homers and 19 RBIs through 126 at-bats.

• Milwaukee brass has tabled extension talks with Zack Greinke, who is due to be a free agent after the season. The shelving of talks came shortly after Matt Cain signed a five-year, $112 million extension to remain with the San Francisco Giants. Greinke, who formerly acted as his own representative, has hired agent Casey Close to handle the negotiations.

• GM Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke received contract extensions last week. Melvin, who also gained the title president of baseball operations, was extended through 2015. Roenicke’s deal now goes through ’14, with a team option for the following season.

• Ex-Met Carlos Gomez has landed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain. He is due to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Class A Wisconsin. Lefty hitters Norichika Aoki and Nyjer Morgan have shared center-field duties -- with Aoki starting against southpaws and the struggling Morgan (.200, no RBIs) against righties. Aoki joined the Brewers from the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, where he was a .329 career hitter and won Central League batting titles in 2005, ’07 and ’10.

Yovani Gallardo’s season totals look a whole lot better if you subtract a pair of starts against the Cardinals. He is 0-2 with a 22.24 ERA (14 ER in 5.2 IP) against St. Louis this season. Against others, he is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA.

• Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was batting .333 as a catcher (29-for-87) before going hitless Sunday in four at-bats. That average matched Carlos Ruiz’s for tops in the NL at that position. Overally, Lucroy now is hitting .326.

• Milwaukee has bunted in a run an MLB-leading five times this season.


Batista vs. Brewers (career: 1-0, 2.72 ERA)
Jonathan Lucroy .500, 1 RBI, 2 PA
Rickie Weeks .333, 1 BB, 1 K, 8 PA
Travis Ishikawa .333, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 4 PA
Cesar Izturis .222, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 28 PA
Aramis Ramirez .143, 2 BB, 16 PA
Ryan Braun .000, 2 K, 4 PA
Brooks Conrad .000, 1 PA

Gee vs. Brewers (career: 0-1, 3.00 ERA)
Corey Hart .333, 3 PA
Rickie Weeks .250, 2 K, 4 PA
Jonathan Lucroy .000, 1 RBI, 3 PA
Ryan Braun .000, 1 BB, 3 PA
Aramis Ramirez .000, 1 K, 3 PA
Nyjer Morgan .000, 3 PA

Gallardo vs. Mets (career: 2-2, 3.47 ERA)
Lucas Duda .500, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K, 6 PA
Mike Nickeas .500, 1 K, 2 PA
Scott Hairston .333, 2 RBI, 1 K, 6 PA
Ronny Cedeno .300, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 11 PA
David Wright .214, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K, 16 PA
Daniel Murphy .167, 1 RBI, 3 K, 6 PA
Justin Turner .167, 2 K, 6 PA
Andres Torres .000, 1 BB, 1 K, 8 PA
Ike Davis .000, 2 BB, 2 K, 6 PA

Greinke vs. Mets (career: 0-1, 6.43 ERA)
Ronny Cedeno .300, 1 RBI, 2 K, 10 PA
Scott Hairston .000, 1 K, 3 PA
Rob Johnson .000, 2 PA

Last series results

Milwaukee won, 3-0, at Citi Field, Aug. 19-21, 2011 (AP game recaps)

Brewers 6, Mets 1: The Mets became the first team in major league history to lose the opening game in their first 10 homestands of a season, STATS LLC said. Prince Fielder hit a pair of RBI singles and later confronted Mets reliever Tim Byrdak in a late dustup that caused the benches and bullpens to empty. Shaun Marcum pitched the Brewers to their 20th win in 23 games. They closed out this testy victory at 12:51 a.m. Fielder already was 2-for-2 with two walks when he came up in the eighth. Byrdak's first pitch was a fastball at Fielder's chest that backed him away from the plate. Fielder grounded out on the next pitch, then took a sudden right turn after hitting first base, curling back to intercept Byrdak on the way to the dugout. Terry Collins, Josh Thole and plate umpire Angel Campos intervened to prevent any escalation. Order was quickly restored. Brewers reliever Frankie De La Cruz plunked Mike Baxter in the ninth, without incident. Ryan Braun wasn't around at the end. He looked at strike three in the third inning, loitered in the batter's box and was eventually ejected by Campos. Marcum (11-3) improved to 4-0 in nine starts since losing at Yankee Stadium on June 29. He allowed one run in seven innings.

Brewers 11, Mets 9: Prince Fielder hit a long home run early and a key single in the ninth inning, spoiling the Mets' chances of a win against former closer Francisco Rodriguez. Casey McGehee followed Fielder's tying hit with a two-run single off Manny Acosta, capping a four-run rally. The Brewers blew a late 7-1 lead, but came back after Angel Pagan hit a two-run homer off Rodriguez (5-2) in the eighth. Mets reliever Jason Isringhausen (3-3) couldn't get an out in the ninth and left after a bases-loaded walk. Fielder, Ryan Braun and Yuniesky Betancourt all homered for the Brewers, who have won eight of their last nine games. John Axford pitched the ninth for his 37th save.

Brewers 6, Mets 2: Prince Fielder drove in the go-ahead run on a botched potential double-play grounder in the eighth and Yovani Gallardo shut down the Mets for seven innings, leading Milwaukee to its first series sweep in New York. Casey McGehee homered off R.A. Dickey in the fourth and Ryan Braun had three hits, an RBI and scored twice after stealing bases for the Brewers. Gallardo (14-8) gave up six hits in the finale to match a career high for wins.



Daniel Murphy
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HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187