Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Adventures of the Ax

Tonight’s game went sort of like Mariah Carey’s performance in Singapore on Saturday night. Everything was pretty rocking good and then it went kaput.

The Brewers built a 2-0 lead on Tuesday night in New York behind another solid pitching performance by Randy Wolf. Lorenzo Cain doubled in Casey McGehee, who walked, in the fourth, and Corey Hart hit a solo shot to dead center in the sixth inning. Wolf cruised through the first five innings, giving up just two hits until he ran into some problems in the bottom of the sixth inning. Wolf gave up a two-out single to Lucas Duda, followed by a home run to David Wright that tied the score. Wolf would pitch a scoreless seventh before being relieved by Mike McClendon. All in all, a pretty good outing for Wolf.

Milwaukee untied the score in the eighth inning when Joe Inglett led off the inning with a double, was advanced to third on a ground out by Hart and scored on a ground out by Prince Fielder. I felt pretty positive after the Brewers manufactured that run as they have left 9,000, give or take a few, runners on third base this year. The Brewers pitching staff pitched around a lead-off double by the Mets in the eighth inning, with John Axford seemingly poised to collect yet another multi-inning save when he struck out Wright to end the eighth.

And then the Ax sort of bit it in the ninth. Unable to keep his fastball down, Axford gave up a lead off double to Ike Davis, a single to Josh Thole and the game-winning hit to Ruben Tejada in the ninth.
Mets 4, Brewers 3
Game played 9-28-10

Today is St. Wenceslas Day (Czech Statehood Day)-- On this day in 935, St. Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia, now patron of the Czech State, was murdered by his brother. This seems like an odd day to celebrate but, hey, at least I didn’t fall on my ass today--like Mariah. I’m giving Axford a break. He’s been pretty rocking good this year.

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