Things you should know about today's game...
1) The Mets offense was mostly silent for the second consecutive day. Wilmer Flores led off the eighth with his fourth home run to account for New York's only run. Travis d'Arnaud had a two-out single to left in the second, but Lucas Duda was thrown out the plate by a wide margin. Duda's fourth-inning single and Flores' homer were the only Mets hits after the second inning.
2) Zack Wheeler turned in another strong effort, allowing two runs despite yielding 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked one, struck out six and was the beneficiary of double plays in three consecutive innings, one which ended a base-loaded situation in the fourth.
3) Terry Collins was ejected for the first time this season by home plate umpire Roberto Ortiz after they collectively reversed an interference call. Flores bumped into the bat boy on a catchable foul pop-up near the Brewers dugout with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth. Umpires initially ruled Eric Sogard out before reversing the call. Sogard grounded into an inning-ending double play.
4) Fernando Salas inherited two runners in the eighth, walked a batter and threw a wild pitch, but he struck out three Brewers to keep the game close. He struck out five and did not allow a hit in two innings of work.
Post-game reaction from Matt Citak...
Following Bruce's game-winning RBI in extras during Tuesday night's game, the Mets were able to muster only two runs and 11 hits over the next 18 innings. The Mets' offense looked fast asleep at the plate today, with the top four batters in the lineup combining to go 0-for-15.
With Yoenis Cespedes already out, the Mets cannot afford to have their three best healthy bats go hitless. They simply will not be able to win ballgames if Conforto, Bruce, and Walker are unable to reach base, especially with Reyes going through another incredibly rough patch (hitless in his last 15 at-bats).
While it clearly was not his best outing, Wheeler was able to deliver yet another quality start today. In fact, four of Wheeler's last five outings have been quality starts, and his ERA since the beginning of May is 2.76. Zack did surrender a career-high 10 hits, but demonstrated good control of his pitches by striking out six batters and limiting his walks to just one.
Although 10 hits are more than you want to see him allowing, Wheeler did a great job of responding with runners on base. Zack was able to get three double-play groundouts in his 6 and 1/3 innings, including a huge one in the fourth.
Following the misplay by d'Arnaud on Anderson's bunt and the interference by Milwaukee's bat boy, it would have been difficult to blame Wheeler for any further damage that inning. But Zack was able to cancel out all of the outside noise, focus in, and get Sogard to hit into an inning-ending double play to keep the deficit at two. There are still some instances where he looks a bit rusty from his two years off, but for the most part, Wheeler has looked very impressive this season >> To follow Matt on Twitter, click here.
News and notes...
The Mets scored three runs in the last 24 innings of the series dating back to the seventh inning on Tuesday night.
New York is 7-10 in one run games and has lost seven of their last eight such decisions. They are 1-15 when scoring two runs or less.
Duda's 2-for-4 showing was his fifth multi-hit effort in his last 10 games. He's batting .350 (14-for-40) with four doubles, four homers and 11 RBIs in that span.
Wheeler (3-3) has surrendered two runs or less in six of his last eight starts, posting a 2.93 ERA in that span. He lost for the first time since April 23.
New York's bullpen allowed one earned run in 16 1/3 innings during the series.
Highlights from the game
What they said after the game...
Wheeler on the loss and the team: "We got a really good team in here. We've been like that all season, we've been sort of streaky here and there and it's a long season and we still got a few more months left and it's still somewhat early. Once our pitchers really get rolling and out bats heat up, we're one of the best teams in baseball."
The Mets (23-29) welcome the Pirates (24-30) to Citi Field for three games beginning Friday at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Matt Harvey (4-3, 4.95 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) faces Pittsburgh for the second consecutive start after defeating them on Sunday. The right-hander allowed one run in six innings after posting a 7.92 ERA over his previous five starts. The victory was Harvey's first in four career starts against the Pirates.
Gerrit Cole (2-5, 3.65 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) makes his second straight start against the Mets looking for better results. The Pirates rallied for 5-4, 10-inning win on Saturday after Cole had surrendered four runs on 10 hits in five innings, including three homers. It was the second consecutive start the right-hander yielded 10 hits and at least four runs. Cole is 1-2 with a 4.84 ERA in four career starts against the Mets.