Mets Game 11: Win Over the Brewers
The Mets held on for a 1-0 victory over the Brewers, moving their record to 6-5 on the season. Johan Santana was dominant again – striking out 7 over 7 scoreless innings. Santana struck out 7 and didn’t allow a walk.
JJ Putz worked a scoreless 8th and Francisco Rodriguez closed it out in the 9th with a ‘strike ’em out, throw ’em out’ to end the game.
- Jerry Manuel wisely put Gary Sheffield in left field, taking pressure off of Danny Murphy – who was largely responsible for Santana’s loss to the Marlins last Sunday.
- Sheffield still doesn’t look like he is firing on all cylinders at the plate or in the field, but he recovered on a misjudged line drive to make a shoestring catch. That alone was probably worth giving him the start, as Murphy probably would have had trouble on that play.
- Ramon Castro led off the 7th inning with a walk. Omir Santos ran for Castro and advanced to third when Rickie Weeks misplayed Prince Fielder’s throw to first on Alex Cora’s sacrifice bunt. Jose Reyes then followed with a line shot that knocked off pitcher Carlos Villanueva’s glove – which looked like it wasn’t even on his hand correctly – scoring the only run of the game.
- Danny Murphy was on deck to pinch hit for Santana in the 7th, but was called back when Castro walked… Jerry Manuel wisely decided to save Murphy from attempting another sacrifice bunt.
- The last batter of the game – JJ Hardy – inexplicably fouled off a breaking ball in the dirt when Ryan Braun had second base stolen. A few pitches later, Braun again attempted to steal second. This time, Hardy watched a fastball on the corner for strike three. Omir Santos threw a strike to Luis Castillo to throw out Braun to end the game.
The Brewers look like they could be headed for a 90-loss season with their shaky pitching and a combination of mental and physical errors in the field and at the plate. That said, the Mets have won consecutive one run games – this one being much cleaner and better played. Good teams are supposed to win ugly and clean games and that is exactly what the Mets have done in this series. You can’t ask for much more than that.
Tomorrow is the final game of the series. Jeff Suppan (0-2, 12.91) goes against Nelson Figueroa, who is making his first start of the season for the Mets. It should be a wild, high-scoring game.