The New York Mets (36-48) dropped the second game of their three game series with the Milwaukee Brewers (35-51) Saturday night by a score of 7-6. The Mets seemingly battled from behind all night, ultimately falling just short of sending the ballgame into extra innings with a series of late-inning pushes.
The Brewers got off to a quick start against the Mets and starting pitcher Shawn Marcum (L, 1-10), scoring the game's first run in the first inning on a Jonathan Lucroy RBI single that plated Norichika Aoki. Aoki was in the mix again the next inning, driving in Logan Schafer with an RBI single. Brewers' starter Yovani Gallardo also came home during the inning on a sacrifice fly by Jean Segura, putting the Mets down by four. Things got worse for Marcum from there, as the former Brewer allowed a solo homer to Lucroy in the third and later an RBI single to Segura in the fourth that scored Gallardo.
With the Mets down 6-0 entering the fifth inning, John Buck started the comeback attempt, ripping a solo homer off the right field foul pole that required video review, but the evidence clearly confirmed the homer, putting the Mets on the board. The Mets were able to ride that momentum as Daniel Murphy doubled in Omar Quintanilla to close the gap to three going into the bottom of the fifth. Buck came up big again in the sixth, with two on and one out, the Met backstop singled to center, scoring Ike Davis and Kirk Nieuwenhuis and closing the gap to one.
Marcum got through the fifth without further damage, but experienced some misfortunes in the sixth, as a fielding error by Murphy on a bunt by Gallardo allowed Schaefer to score from first. Marcum would then leave the game, finishing with a line of six runs allowed (five earned) on eleven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in five-plus innings. LaTroy Hawkins would get the Mets through the sixth and into the seventh without further damage.
Marlon Byrd closed the gap to one with a sacrifice fly in the seventh that scored Murphy, but that would prove to be short lived. With two outs in the seventh, Hawkins walked Rickie Weeks, who then stole second and scored on an RBI double by Schafer to make it a 7-5 ballgame. Neither side managed to score in the eighth setting up the Mets to try and build a comeback against their former closer, Frankie "K-Rod" Rodriguez. K-Rod struck out David Wright and Ike Davis to start the inning before Byrd belted a solo homer to right center field, bringing the Amazins back within one. However, Nieuwenhuis went down swinging as Rodriguez struck out the side to end the threat and the ballgame, sealing a 7-6 Brewer win.
The ballclubs meet again Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of the series at Miller Park. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 PM.
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