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Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 162 - Brewers (2) at Mets (3) - Mets Celebrate Piazza Day with Win

Milwaukee (74-88)000200000262
N.Y. Mets (74-88)«10000002x331

W: V. Black (3-0) L: B. Kintzler (3-3) S: F. Francisco (1)
HR: MIL - None   NYM - None


Eric Young won the National League stolen base crown with 46 and helped the Mets rally past Milwaukee 3-2 on Sunday when the Brewers botched two bunts in the eighth inning.

The speedy Young swiped two bases in the first, scored on a shallow sacrifice fly and later threw out a runner at the plate from left field. He began the day tied for the NL lead in steals with Milwaukee shortstop Jean Segura, who sat out for the 10th time in 11 games.

Young's father led the NL in stolen bases with 53 for the Rockies in 1996.

Playing in front of their third sellout this season, the injury-riddled Mets prevented a four-game sweep by Milwaukee and finished 74-88 for the second consecutive year. They have endured five straight losing seasons since moving into Citi Field.

Before the game, former slugger Mike Piazza was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame during a 30-minute ceremony on the field.

After the final out, Young applauded as Mets players tossed their caps into the stands behind the dugout.

Center fielder Juan Lagares also cut down a Milwaukee runner at the plate in the fourth to help starter Jonathon Niese escape further damage.

Marco Estrada allowed two hits in seven sharp innings for the Brewers, who finished 74-88 for fourth place in the NL Central. They had won four games in a row and 12 of 17.

Estrada struck out eight and walked none.

Milwaukee scored twice on five singles and a walk in the fourth, then carried a 2-1 lead into the eighth. Lagares reached on a throwing error by shortstop Jeff Bianchi, and Juan Centeno dropped down a bunt in front of home plate.

Second baseman Scooter Gennett was late covering first and bumped into umpire CB Bucknor while trying to navigate his way toward the bag. The low throw from catcher Jonathan Lucroy skipped up the right field line for an error that allowed Lagares to score all the way from first.

Wilfredo Tovar sacrificed and reached safely when first baseman Sean Halton made an ill-advised throw to third. Pinch-runner Matt den Dekker beat the play, putting runners at the corners.

One out later, Young drove in the go-ahead run with a dribbler to reliever Brandon Kintzler (3-3).

Vic Black (3-0) pitched a hitless inning for the win and Frank Francisco struck out two of three batters in the ninth for his first save since Sept. 1 last year.

Box Score:

Norichika Aoki RF300000010.286
Jeff Bianchi SS401000000.237
Jonathan Lucroy C412000000.280
Carlos Gomez CF311000010.284
Yuniesky Betancourt 3B300000011.212
Sean Halton 1B300100001.238
  Aramis Ramirez PH100000001.283
Logan Schafer LF301100002.211
Scooter Gennett 2B301000000.324
Marco Estrada P200000001.206
  Caleb Gindl PH100000000.242
  Brandon Kintzler P000000000.000
Eric Young LF411100001.249
Lucas Duda 1B300000002.223
  Gonzalez Germen P000000000.000
  Vic Black P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH100000000.280
  Frank Francisco P000000000.000
David Wright 3B200100000.307
Daniel Murphy 2B301000000.286
Mike Baxter RF300000000.189
Juan Lagares CF310000002.242
Juan Centeno C301000001.300
  Matt den Dekker PR010000000.207
  Anthony Recker C000000000.215
Wilfredo Tovar SS200000000.200
Jon Niese P100000001.205
  Josh Satin PH-1B200000001.279

E_J.Bianchi, J.Lucroy, V.Black. LOB_Milwaukee 4, NY Mets 2. SF_D.Wright. S_W.Tovar. SB_C.Gomez (40), E.Young 2 (46), D.Murphy (23). GIDP_Y.Betancourt. DP_NY Mets 1 (W.Tovar, D.Murphy and L.Duda).

Marco Estrada7.0211080100-643.87
Brandon Kintzler (L 3-3;B 4)1.012000014-102.69
Jon Niese6.062222080-503.71
Gonzalez Germen1.000002015-103.93
Vic Black (W 3-0)1.000010011-63.71
Frank Francisco (S 1)1.000002016-94.26

T_2:23. A_41891.
Umpires_Home,D.J. Reyburn; First, CB Bucknor; Second, Dale Scott; Third, Todd Tichenor.

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