- Brewers 11 - Mets 9 -
The Mets' piss poor pen foils a fantastic comeback.
Chris Capuano walked into his own recipe for disaster at Citi Field this afternoon. In the first, Capuano walked Scott's brother, Jerry Hairston, to then gave up a 2 run homer to Ryan Braun. In the bottom of the 1st, Jason Bay broke his 0-20 skid with a RBI single making the score 2-1.
In the top of the 3rd, Capuano was still fearing Jerry Hairston and walked him, followed by Braun to put 2 men on with 2 outs for Prince Fielder, who promptly drilled one into the right field seats.
In the top of the 6th, the Brew Crew tacked on 2 more runs when Braun reached on a David Wright throwing error, setting up Yuniesky Bentacourt to hit his 10th home run of the year, making the score 7-1. Bentacourt's HR was the 21st round tripper given up by Capuano this year passing Mike Pelfrey's 19. Congrats, Chris! Clearly once again visiting teams have no problem going yard at Citi Field.
The Mets mounted a huge rally in the bottom of the 7th that began with back to back singles by Ronny Paulino and Nick Evans. Ruben Tejada doubled in Paulino, and then a pinch- hitting Willie Harris hit a sac fly to plate Evans, making the score 7-3. Angel Pagan singled and Justin Turner walked to load the bases with one out for David Wright. Wright hit a DP ball that he beat out on the back end of the play, bringing one more run to the plate. With 2 outs and the score 7-4, Terry Collins went to pinch hitter Lucas Duda, who ripped a 2 run double to left center, for a score of 7-6.
Bobby Parnell pitched a great 8th, and then the Mets very sweetly took the lead against K-Rod in the bottom of the 8th. With 2 outs, K-Rod walked Ruben Tejada and then a pinch-hitting Josh Thole doubled over Jerry Hairston, who misplayed the ball. Tejada scored to tie the game at 7. Angel Pagan then hit a 2 run home run off K-Rod and the Mets took lead 9-7.
Jason Isringhausen came in to close out the game, but instead completely shat the bed. Izzy could not find the plate if the game depended on it...and it did. Walking the first 2 batters, he then gave up a single to Corey Hart. With the bases loaded and still sucking like crazy, Izzy walked Mark Kotsay to make the score 9-8. Finally, Izzy was pulled and Manny Acosta was brought in and quickly got Ryan Braun to pop out. He got ahead of Prince Fielder but then gave up a single, and the game was tied, but not for long. Casey McGehee singled in 2 more runs putting the Brewers up 11-9, and that's how it ended.
Mets Blob found this game to be one of toughest and most unforgivable losses of the year. The Met fan has no joy and little to cheer for in late August of 2011. A win today after a great comeback against a first place team (not to mention our former "common law father-in-law beating" closer) would have been a fantastic feeling for fans and for the Metropolitans. It was once again not to be. Our pen is filled with head cases, wash ups, international rejects, and geriatric arms, and they crushed us today. Ironically, K-Rod would end up getting the win for the Brewers. Sometimes going from goat to hero is just a matter of leaving town and changing jerseys.