A defensive miscue led to the only three Brewers runs and cost the Mets a game as they lost, 3-2, to get swept out of Milwaukee and fall two games under .500. >> Box score
Five things to know about Sunday's game...
1) A day after the Mets played 18 innings in a heartbreaking loss, Mickey Callaway/Brodie Van Wagenen rolled out a lineup that was without Jeff McNeil (Callaway said he needed a day), Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, and Wilson Ramos. J.D. Davis, who has hit well while being a detriment defensively, was also out of the lineup. All except Ramos eventually pinch-hit.
2) With none out and one on in the top of the third inning, Keon Broxton played a would-be routine line out off the bat of Orlando Arcia into a double. Instead of there being one out and one on, there were runners on second and third with none out. Two batters later, Lorenzo Cain lifted a sacrifice fly (which would have been the third out) before Christian Yelich hit a two-run homer. Zero runs would have scored if not for Broxton's miscue.
3) Jason Vargas pitched relatively well and most were puzzled when he was lifted for pinch-hitter Michael Conforto in the top of the fifth inning after having thrown just 50 pitches the day after the bullpen was burned out. But there was a reason. Vargas left due to mild hamstring tightness.
4) After Vargas left, Tim Peterson (2.1 innings), Daniel Zamora (0.1 inning), and Tyler Bashlor (1.1 innings) held the Brewers scoreless. Bashlor finished his outing by striking out Yelich and Ryan Braun swinging with fastballs with runners on first and second.
5) The Mets' runs came courtesy of a Tomas Nido RBI single in the fifth inning and a Juan Lagares solo homer in the seventh.
The Mets open a three-game series against the Padres on Monday night at 10:10 p.m. in San Diego.
RHP Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets, opposed by RHP Chris Paddack for the Padres.