Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 35 - Brewers at Mets - Mets three hits enough for win


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Milwaukee (15-20)000000001161
N.Y. Mets (20-15) «10000101x331

W: M. Batista (1-1) L: Y. Gallardo (2-4)
S: F. Francisco (9)
HR: MIL - None   NYM - None

Recap:
Miguel Batista tossed seven scoreless innings to lead the New York Mets past the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-1, in the opener of a two-game set at Citi Field.

Batista (1-1) struck out five while allowing just four hits and a walk in New York's seventh win in nine games.

Daniel Murphy had an RBI, a run scored and two of the Mets' three hits, while Frank Francisco stranded the tying runs on the bases in the ninth to earn his ninth save of the year.

Yovani Gallardo (2-4) gave up two runs on two hits and six walks with six strikeouts through six innings for the Brewers, who have dropped two straight.

After the Brewers stranded a runner on second in the top of the first inning, New York took the lead in the bottom of the frame when Lucas Duda worked a one-out walk, stole second and came home on Murphy's base hit through the left side of the infield.

Milwaukee was in position to tie the game in the second when Taylor Green led off by hitting a sinking liner to right field that snuck under Duda's diving attempt, allowing Green to reach third on the error. But Green was later tagged out in a rundown between third and home during Cesar Izturis' squeeze bunt attempt to keep it a 1-0 game.

The Brewers stranded the tying run on second in the fifth and sixth innings before New York added to its lead in the home sixth when Murphy led off the frame with the Mets' second hit of the game -- a double into the left-center field gap. Murphy advanced to third on an Ike Davis sacrifice fly before crossing the plate on a squeeze bunt by Ronny Cedeno.

David Wright then led off the eighth with a double to right off Francisco Rodriguez and moved to third on a Duda groundout. Murphy stepped up next and hit a grounder to second that Brooks Conrad grabbed and tossed home, catching Wright in a rundown. But Aramis Rodriguez dropped the ball while transferring it out of his glove on a throw attempt to allow Wright to score on the error and give New York a 3-0 lead.

Ryan Braun started the ninth with a base hit off Francisco, stole second and came home on Corey Hart's single to left to get Milwaukee on the board.

Green then worked a walk to bring the winning run to the plate with one out, but Conrad was caught looking at strike three before pinch-hitter George Kottaras hit a liner to right-center field that Duda snagged on the run to seal the win for the Mets.

Game Notes

Batista improved to 2-0 in 13 career games -- four starts -- against Milwaukee, while Gallardo fell to 2-3 in seven starts against the Mets...The Brewers had won the last six meetings in New York in this series...The Mets are now 7-5 in the first game of a series this season...Murphy extended his hit streak to 10 straight games...Milwaukee went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and let seven men on base.

Box Score:

MilwaukeeABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Nyjer Morgan CF300000000.202
  Rickie Weeks PH100000000.157
  Francisco Rodriguez P000000000.000
Jonathan Lucroy C401000000.323
Ryan Braun LF411000001.304
Aramis Ramirez 3B301010011.233
Corey Hart RF401100002.254
Taylor Green 1B301000010.278
Brooks Conrad 2B400000002.000
Cesar Izturis SS301000000.208
  George Kottaras PH100000000.290
Yovani Gallardo P100000000.067
  Jose Veras P000000000.000
  Norichika Aoki PH-CF100000000.239
Totals3216110026
NY MetsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Andres Torres CF300000010.260
Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF310000011.302
David Wright 3B311010011.398
Lucas Duda RF200000020.255
Daniel Murphy 2B412110000.333
Ike Davis 1B400000002.168
Ronny Cedeno SS300100001.208
Mike Nickeas C200000010.212
Miguel Batista P200000002.000
  Jordany Valdespin PH100000001.125
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Frank Francisco P000000000.000
Totals2733220068


E_A.Ramirez, L.Duda. LOB_Milwaukee 7, NY Mets 7. 2B_A.Ramirez, D.Wright, D.Murphy. S_Y.Gallardo, R.Cedeno. SB_R.Braun (6), K.Nieuwenhuis (2).

MilwaukeeIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Yovani Gallardo (L 2-4)6.0222660109-615.04
Jose Veras1.000001010-76.75
Francisco Rodriguez1.011001025-174.96
NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Miguel Batista (W 1-1)7.0400150108-644.26
Tim Byrdak (H 9)0.10000004-23.38
Bobby Parnell (H 7)0.20000005-42.16
Frank Francisco (S 9)1.021111022-138.59


T_2:55. A_20061.
Umpires_Home,Jerry Meals; First, Gary Darling; Second, Chris Conroy; Third, Scott Barry.
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