Milwaukee-The New York Mets have been offensively challenged since the All Star Break. The one guy who hasn't had a problem hitting has been first baseman Lucas Duda. Duda had hit three of the team's four home runs since the break coming into today's game with the Milwaukee Brewers. It was only fitting that Duda was the Mets' lone source of offense again. Duda's two run home run in the sixth inning off of Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson was the only offense in the game, but it would be plenty as the Mets (50-55) defeated the Brewers (59-47) 2-0.
The game was a pitcher's duel, but not a classic one by any means. Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson (L, 1-2) got himself into and out of trouble in the early innings, while Mets' starter Jacob deGrom ran up a high pitch count against patient Brewers' hitters. The unlikely stalemate lasted until the sixth inning, when Daniel Murphy doubled to lead off the inning. After David Wright flew out, Duda stepped up to the plate and cranked a massive two run homer to right field. Duda's team leading 18th home run gave the Mets a 2-0 lead.
Jacob deGrom (W, 5-5) protected that lead into the seventh, but ran into some trouble there as his pitch count accelerated. deGrom gave up two hits to put the tying runs on base, leading Mets' skipper Terry Collins to call on Vic Black to protect his lead. Black was able to get out of the jam by inducing a pair of pop ups to end the frame. After Jeurys Familia worked a scoreless eighth, Jenrry Mejia entered to try and protect the lead in the ninth. Mejia did allow two hits in the inning, but escaped unscathed to pick up his 15th save of the season and preserve a Mets' victory.
The victory was a clutch one for the Mets. The win not only salvaged a 2-2 series split with the Brewers, but it also allowed them to finish 5-5 on their 10 game road trip. The trip looked like it could have been a disastrous one just five days ago, when the Mets had lost three in a row and looked completely lost. Clutch pitching performances and timely hitting helped the Mets go 4-2 over the last six days, and the Mets hope they can generate some more offense to push for .500 as they finally head home.
Player of the Game:
For the second time in three days, the Player of the Game Award goes to Mets' first baseman Lucas Duda. Duda's two run home run gave the Mets their only offense on the day and powered the team to victory. Duda now has four home runs in his last six games.
Post Game Notes:
- deGrom was brilliant again, scattering four hits and two walks over 6.1 innings of shutout ball. deGrom struck out four as he lowered his ERA to 2.79 for the season.
- Chris Young added another two doubles today, and at one point had doubled in four consecutive at bats dating back to yesterday. Young's average is now up to .207.
- Mets' pitchers held the Brewers to only six hits on the afternoon.
- The Brewers won the season series against the Mets four games to three.
The Mets return home tomorrow night to kick off a three game set against the Philadelphia Phillies (46-59). Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA) will make the start for the Mets in what could be an audition for another team with the trade deadline coming up on Thursday. The Phillies will counter with right hander A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86 ERA). First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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