Keon Broxton is no stranger to the confines of the Miller Park outfield.
Acquired by the Mets this offseason from the Brewers to bolster outfield depth, Broxton has seen limited playing time in a crowded outfield that now features Jeff McNeil on a nearly daily basis.
Inserted into Sunday's starting lineup following the 18-inning marathon loss on Saturday, Broxton -- who'd spent the previous three seasons in Milwaukee -- made a costly misplay in right field with nobody out and a man on second. Orlando Arcia roped a 1-2 offering from Jason Vargas to right, and Broxton initially broke in on the ball. He could not recover in time or get a glove on the ball, and it was hit hard enough that it carried over his head and rolled to the wall.
"Day games here in Miller Park, it's pretty tough to see, especially [seeing] though the stands, the lighting," he told reporters after the game. "Just a bad judgment play by me. Ball carried a little farther than I thought it was. Tried to jump, my foot just stayed into the ground. Definitely a bad read on my part."
Two batters later, Lorenzo Cain drove home the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly and Christian Yelich followed with a long homer to the third deck in right to make it 3-0. Of course, Yelich would not have batted in the third had Broxton come up with Arcia's liner. The Mets eventually fell, 3-2, to make it a sweep for the Brewers.
Broxton's miscue in the field came after he struck out in his first at-bat of the game to put him in an 0-for-19 slump dating back to April 15. He snapped out of the funk with a ground-rule double in the fifth and scored on Tomas Nido's RBI single for the Mets' first run.
When asked about his inconsistent playing time, Broxton conceded it did affect his rhythm at the plate.
"I try not to think about it too much. Getting into the box, it's a little difficult, because you're not seeing it consistently. I got to do my best to not think about and try to stay locked in.
"I just take it one day at a time. I can't really try to put pressure on myself."