The Brewers took a pair of games from the New York Mets on Wednesday in contrasting fashion. Milwaukee won game one of the double header in a slug fest, 8-7, and game two in a pitcher’s duel, 3-1.
The Brewers built a seemingly insurmountable six-run lead in the third inning of the first game, but ace Yovani Gallardo couldn’t hold the lead. The Mets came back with two runs in the bottom of the third inning and FIVE in the fourth to take a 7-6 lead. All seven runs were charged to Gallardo, who saw his ERA balloon to 3.84 in his last game of the season. Manny Parra relieved Gallardo and pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless ball to keep the Brewers within a run. Parra has not given up a run since August 22, a seven-run debacle against San Diego, in 12.2 innings of relief work.
Milwaukee took back the lead in the eighth inning when Carlos Gomez walked, stole second and went to third on a throwing error. (He has to lead the league in this category, right?) He scored on a single by Corey Hart. Hart would score the go-ahead run on singles by Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder.
The double header necessitated the appearance of some long-lost Brewers. Carlos Villanueva(!) pitched a scoreless seventh, followed by a scoreless eighth by Kam Loe and John Axford returned to form and sent the Mets down 1-2-3 in the ninth for his 23rd save.
When asked, Parra admitted to being a bit more relaxed on the mound since being moved to the pen. “It almost feels a little bit like irresponsible throwing ...”
In game two, Dave Bush was wickedly good in six scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three BBs. He was replaced by Mike McClendon, who gave up the only Mets run of the night.. Zach Braddock set the table for Trevor Hoffman(!) to pick up his 601st save.
Bush even got the offense started for Milwaukee by singling and scoring Alcides Escobar in the third inning off Mets knuckle baller R.A. Dickey. This would be the only run surrendered by Dickey in seven innings of work. In the eighth inning the Brewers got two insurance runs on a double by Ryan Braun.
As Braun suggested after the second game, it is supposed to rain in New York on Thursday, maybe they should have went ahead and played a third game. Let's play three!
Brewers 8, Mets 7
Brewers 3, Mets 1
Game played 9-29-10