|Milwaukee's Prince Fielder after his two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Mets. (NYTimes.com)|
Prince Fielder's second home run erased the benefits of a 5-run Mets 8th, and Nyjer Morgan's walk-off double won it for the Brewers, 7-6.
The Bad Stuff:
- In the 8th, bullpen troubles returned to light, accented by the clutch hitting of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. After Pedro Beato allowed two runners to get on with one out, Braun lashed an RBI double to the left-center wall. Jason Isringhausen was brought in to face the dangerous Fielder, who had already gone yard in the 4th off Mike Pelfrey. The result? Same ol', same ol'. As they say in that MLB commercial, "he got all of that one." And just like that, a 6-2 Met lead was now a 6-6 tie.
- Dale Thayer got the first two outs of the 9th, but allowed the ageless Craig Counsell to get to second. It was enough for Morgan, who slashed a double to right to score Counsell and give Milwaukee another home win.
- The Brew Crew's comeback spoils an otherwise really great night for New York. Mike Pelfrey stewarded 6 solid innings, giving up just 4 hits and 2 runs on Fielder's first home run.
- Also keep in mind why Milwaukee needed that 4-run 8th in the first place: to counterbalance our 5-run 8th. Jose Reyes led off with an infield single and then stole second. After Justin Turner walked, Carlos Beltran's 20th double of the year scored Reyes and tied the game at 2 (our first run came in the 4th on a balk). After Jason Bay struck out (typical), Ronny Paulino smashed a towering home run into the upper deck of Miller Park, his first in the orange and blue. And just like that, the Mets were up 6-2 and only 6 outs away from another big win...until Bad Stuff descended upon us.
We had a chance to steal another one from the best home team in the Bigs, but that home magic came in and stole it right back. Close, but no cigar.
The Mets can still win the series tomorrow night and take some momentum into Pittsburgh in the drive to five (.500, that is).