Chris Young took the hill this afternoon trying to give the Mets a series win against the Brewers at Miller Park. He didn’t get any run support, but surpassed the 100 innings pitched mark for the first time since 2008. After a number of injuries and surgeries in the last four years, this is a big benchmark for the tall righty as he’ll become a free agent in the winter.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
Wily Peralta was fantastic as he kept the Mets silent for the duration of his outing, keeping the Brewers in close pursuit of the second and last NL Wild Card spot. New York didn’t have many chances to score, as Andres Torres and Josh Thole were the only two players to register hits on the afternoon. Daniel Murphy drew a walk in the ninth and advanced to second with Ike Davisup, but it equaled nothing as New York went down quietly. As a team, the Amazins went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, stranding all four base runners they had.
Brewers Offensive Highlights:
The Brew Crew played a little long ball to get ahead of Chris Young and the Mets, as Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez hit back-t0-back home runs in the fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead. It was a memorable home run for Milwaukee’s left fielder, as it was the 200th dinger of his stellar career. After all turmoil he went through this winter following his NL MVP award, that home run had to feel sweet. To add some insurance later on, Braun hit his second long ball of the day, which was his 40th of the season. Braun and Norichika Aoki were the two Brewers players who put together multi-hit games.
Young pitched into the seventh inning, but another solid start was wasted, as he ends up with his eighth loss of the season. The righty went 6.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and no walks, while striking out 2. It was the 3 homers allowed that obviously did him in for the afternoon. Josh Edgin tried to close out the seventh, but walked the only batter he faced, and it was Manny Acosta who came in to record the final out of the inning. Frank Francisco pitched a scoreless eighth while striking out 1.
Wily Peralta earned his second win of the year in what was a dominant performance. He threw 8 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5 Met hitters. John Axford got the call to close out the ballgame, which he did successfully for the 29th time. The Brewers are now 74-72 on the season, and they’re now only 2 games back of the final Wild Card spot in the National League.
The Mets drop to 66-80 in 2012 with their second straight loss, and head back home to Citi Field to start their last home stand of the year.
Probable Pitchers Monday:
It will be a good pitching match-up as the Mets try and play spoiler as the Phillies come into town only 3 games out of the Wild Card. R.A. Dickey (18-5, 2.68 ERA) will try again for his 19th win, as he takes on Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36 ERA). First pitch in Flushing is set for 7:10pm.