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Jenrry Mejia started for the Mets and struggled right out of the gate – he failed to retire a batter in the fourth inning and allowed five runs and allowed 11 base runners, five via the base on balls, and threw five first-pitch strikes to 19 batters faced.
Jeremy Hefner, Justin Hampson, Collin McHugh and Robert Carson each allowed a run in relief of Mejia.
The Mets got an RBI single from Lucas Duda in the first inning, and three more runs in the fourth thanks to a suicide squeeze from Mejia, an RBI single from Ruben Tejada and an RBI double from Daniel Murphy.
Murphy had three hits on the night to raise his average to .296 for the season.
Ike Davis singled, doubled, homered and drove in two runs.
Lucas Duda singled and doubled – Duda now has three extra-base hits in this series.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY’s In-Game Live.
Michael Baron, ContributorOverall, this was a slow and ugly game for the Mets, and their pitching in particular. The Mets did have a 4-1 lead in this game, but the Brewers went on to score eight runs against everyone except Manny Acosta, Jeurys Familia and Elvin Ramirez (although Ramirez allowed an inherited runner to score), and left the Mets in the dust.
Jenrry Mejia did a whole lot of throwing, and not a lot of pitching tonight. He fell behind most of the hitters, didn’t use his breaking pitches well at all, and it all caught up to him in the fourth inning when the Brewers exploded for five runs. The good news is that this is an on-going process for Mejia. He’s still learning how to pitch, and so I’m looking forward to how he responds in his next start against the Marlins.
On a lighter note, Daniel Murphy is scalding hot at the plate. He is keeping his swing short and compact, and he’s not trying to pull pitches on the outside part of the plate. He goes the other way and dunks those pitches into left field, and pulling balls on the inner half into the right-centerfield gap. It’s been a streaky offensive year for Murphy, but it’s encouraging that he’s finishing his season on a high note.
It’s also nice to see Duda swinging the bat well. He has looked sure of himself in this series, and is being aggressive early in counts (except for his last at bat when he took three straight strikes after three straight balls). He has also gotten a couple of hits on off-speed pitches, something he has struggled badly with over the course of the entire season.
It’s also worth noting Ike Davis had two extra-base hits to the opposite field tonight. He has been terrific in the second half with a much more controlled and balanced swing which has allowed him to work the entire field. He now has the same number of RBI as David Wright (81), and has a reasonable shot at hitting 30 home runs by the end of the year.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra
The Mets will look to take the rubber game of their three-game series against the Brewers tomorrow afternoon at Miller Park, with Chris Young facing Wily Peralta at 2:10 pm ET.