The Brewers erased multiple-run deficits for the second straight day and scored four times with two outs in the seventh to rally past the Mets, 8-7, on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) The Mets took a 6-4 lead into the seventh and had two outs with a runner on first when the inning unraveled. Robert Gsellman walked Jesus Aguilar on a close, 3-1, pitch to put runners at first and second. Jerry Blevins' struggles continued when he surrendered an RBI single on a 1-2 offering to Travis Shaw that cut the lead to one run. Domingo Santana and Jonathan Villar contributed consecutive doubles to put Milwaukee ahead, 8-6.
2) Zack Wheeler allowed the first three batters to reach in the first, including a run-scoring single that dropped in when Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce miscommunicated in right-center field. The right-hander worked out of further trouble and was handed a three-run lead, but he surrendered a game-tying three-run blast to Jesus Aguilar in the third. He ended his afternoon with three scoreless frames and was charged with four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings.
3) Wheeler's two-run single highlighted a four-run second for the Mets, who batted around in the inning. Tomas Nido had an RBI single and Cabrera added a run-scoring base hit. Conforto had a home run reversed on replay, but still scored on Bruce's single to snap a 4-4 tie in the fifth. Cabrera slugged a solo homer in the seventh, his eighth of the season, which is tied for the team lead with the injured Yoenis Cespedes. Devin Mesoraco hit a pinch-hit homer in the ninth to bring New York within a run. Conforto struck out with the tying run on second to end the game.
3) Jose Bautista singled twice while Bruce and Cabrera had two hits apiece. Wilmer Flores was removed from the game prior to the bottom of the fourth with lower back soreness. He was sent back to New York for further tests and may end up on the disabled list.
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The only difference between this series and the one the Mets played in Milwaukee last year was that they came away with at least one win. It's not quite at the Turner Field level of horror, but Miller Park has not been friendly to the Mets the last two seasons. That continued with another tough loss coming on the heels of Saturday's butt-kicking.
After scoring four times in three games against the worst pitching staff in the league, New York actually swung the bats in this series. But despite 20 runs in the four games, they came away with just a single victory -- behind Steven Matz, no less. Today's culprit is easy, and it's become a major concern for the Mets -- Jerry Blevins. Tasked with retiring Travis Shaw with two outs and two runners on, Blevins got ahead, 1-2, and threw a hittable, upper-80s fastball that Shaw dropped into left-center for a hit. Ron Darling commented on it during the game and it was spot on: Blevins has had so little success with his curveball this year for whatever reason, that he now appears reluctant to use it. With two strikes on a lefty who entered the game 7-for-47 (.149) against southpaws, why on Earth would a pitcher who doesn't possess anything close to a sizzling heater try and sneak one by? The situation screamed for a curve down and away ... yet Blevins went with the fastball and paid for it.
The rest of the inning blew up from there, although it's hard to fault Paul Sewald. The right-hander made a very good pitch and Domingo Santana reached out and poked it the other way to give the Brewers the lead. Tough luck, but so it goes for New York, which has erased the gains of a recent hot stretch by dropping five of six. With four games upcoming against the Braves followed by four against the Cubs and the Yankees on tap soon after, New York is in the midst of what could shape up to be a pivotal point in their season.
News and notes...
The Mets have lost three straight games and five of their last six to fall to 8-15 in May.
New York had not lost consecutive games when scoring six or more runs since Sept. 25-26, 2007.
The Mets' bullpen was charged with 16 runs (12 earned) on 18 hits and seven walks in eight innings over the last two games.
Blevins (1-1) was charged with a run to suffer his first loss since Aug. 10, 2016, a span of 118 appearances. He entered Sunday's game holding left-handers to a .213 average in his career. They are hitting him at a .296 clip in 2018.
Wheeler completed six innings for the sixth time in nine starts this season while tossing a season-high 110 pitches. It's the most he's thrown in a start since Sept. 1, 2014.
The Mets optioned Chris Flexen to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled P.J. Conlon prior to Sunday's game.
The Mets (25-24) head to SunTrust Park where they'll play a Memorial Day doubleheader against the Braves (30-21) on Monday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on SNY.
Jacob deGrom (4-0, 1.54 ERA, 77 Ks, 0.99 WHIP) starts the opener for New York looking to continue a stretch in which he's surrendered one run in his last 33 1/3 innings (0.27 ERA). The Mets have not officially named a starter for the nightcap.
The Braves have not announced who will start the first game of the doubleheader. Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 4.67 ERA, 43 Ks, 1.58 WHIP) will get the nod in the second contest Monday night coming off consecutive one-run outings.