NEW YORK — Jay Bruce’s RBI single in the 12th inning gave the New York Mets a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night at Citi Field.
The Mets built up a 4-1 lead heading into the seventh inning before Asdrubal Cabrera’s dropped pop fly allowed the Brewers to strike for three runs and tie the game. But Bruce’s single not only saved Cabrera from taking the heat of a loss, but it backed up Tyler Pill’s first Major League start (5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4K, 7 LOB).
“There have been a lot of games where we think we’ve had it wrapped up, and all of the sudden we can’t stop somebody,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “This was one we needed to have.”
The Brewers have now lost seven of their last nine but remain in first place in the National League Central. Zach Davies got Milwaukee off to a solid start, throwing five innings of two-run baseball before Carlos Torres allowed two more runs in the sixth.
“We were fortunate to tie it, obviously,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “But yeah, we missed a lot of opportunities.”
The Brewers left 30 runners on base, compared to the Mets’ 14. New York has guaranteed itself at least a split of the four-game series.
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers battled back from as many as six runs down to defeat the New York Mets 11-9 Sunday afternoon, punctuated by a three-run eighth-inning home run from catcher Manny Piña.
“I don’t know if I’ve seen anything like that,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We just kind of chipped away. They answered back. The eighth inning, that was absolutely incredible. Great at-bats by a whole bunch of guys.”
That eighth inning saw the Brewers offense come alive, scoring five runs to retake the lead for good. Once again, Milwaukee was victorious in a game started by Wily Peralta, improving the team’s record to 6-2. However, it was yet another game without a decision for Peralta, getting beat up for six runs on seven hits. He also fanned just one batter, as his winless streak dates back to Apr. 26.
Sunday’s win not only captured a series sweep of the Mets, but solidified Milwaukee’s ranking as the best team to play on Mother’s Day with a league-best .627 winning percentage.
MILWAUKEE — The offense exploded for an eight-run fifth inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers an 11-4 win over the New York Mets Saturday night at Miller Park.
It was “Star Wars Night” in Milwaukee and The Force was strong with the Brewers bats, racking up 16 hits, led by third baseman Travis Shaw (3-for-5. 4 RBI, HR). The Crew continues to lead all of Major League Baseball with 60 home runs, while ranking second with 192 runs scored.
“I think we have a solid, all-around unit and there’s a bunch of guys that can help,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “…That means that it doesn’t have to be the same guy every day. There’s enough firepower for it to be different guys [contributing]. That’s how you score runs, ultimately.”
The offense made up for a shaky start for Zach Davies, who allowed seven hits and four earned runs over his five innings of work. He was only able to punch out two Mets batters while using 101 pitches in his outing.
“As long as you’re within striking distance, this team is going to do it,” Davis said. “I think people are starting to realize that, and people are starting to play us that way. They realize that we’re just not going to show up and roll over.”
The series concludes Sunday at 1:10 p.m. with Wily Peralta opposite Jacob deGrom. The Brewers are 5-2 in games started by Peralta.
MILWAUKEE — The New York Mets and Boston Red Sox have expressed interest in Milwaukee Brewers closers Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith, according to the New York Daily News.
The MLB trade deadline is Aug. 1 and New York and Boston figure to be some of the teams looking to add bullpen depth. The Mets have reportedly had talks with the Brewers but it’s unclear how serious those discussions have become. The Brewers have recently sent scouts to watch some minor league Mets prospects.
Smith is 1-2 with a 2.12 ERA while Jeffress has recorded 23 saves in 40 chances this year. His ERA currently sits at 2.32.