It seemed as if everyone’s mind and focus, including the players, were elsewhere this evening, as just over 20,000 paid either did or did not see the New York Mets lose to the Milwaukee Brewers by a score of 3-1, while the New York Rangers were forcing a Game 5 with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Jacob deGrom started, and got worked hard by the Brew Crew bats from the get-go, though he would have thrown less pitches had Lucas Duda not made an error in foul territory to prolong Jonathan Lucroy‘s AB and give him a shot at a single. Three men reached base in the inning, but deGrom struck out the rest to keep the game scoreless.
The Mets managed to scratch a run out in the bottom of the 2nd. Curtis Granderson, who went 2 for 3 with a run scored, walked to open the inning. Bobby Abreu then singled, sending Curtis to 3rd. Lucas Duda then hit a sac fly to center, scoring Grandy for the 1-0 lead. And….that’s it. The most “exciting” thing to happen in this game for the Mets was Terry Collins getting ejected for arguing after his challenge was overruled by the folks at the MLB offices. Taylor Teagarden appeared by all replay accounts to have actually beaten the throw on a sharp comebacker to Mark Reynolds at 1st in the 5th, but the offices felt otherwise.
In the top of the 3rd, Scooter Gennett opened with a double to left that probably should have been a single, but Curtis played it oddly and dove for a ball he shouldn’t have, luckily it being backed up by Matt den Dekker. Gennett went to 3rd on Ryan Braun‘s fly out to center, then Lucroy scratched the run out with a ground ball to shortstop Ruben Tejada. Carlos Gomez struck out to end the inning, but the Brewers kept pushing their next time up. In the top of the 4th, Aramis Ramirez doubled to center before moving over to 3rd on Khris Davis‘s single. Though Mark Reynolds flew out shallow to Abreu in right, Jean Segura singled to left to give the Brew Crew a lead the would not relinquish. They tacked another one on in the next inning on a Carlos Gomez RBI single.
The Mets of course had their chances with 5 hits and 1 walk, but lost by 2, being outhit by the Brew Crew, who collected 11 hits off 5 Mets pitchers.
Jacob deGrom took the loss, going 5.2 innings, giving up 3 runs on 9 hits and 1 walk, striking out 4. He is now 0-3 with a 3.44 ERA on his Major League career.