Mets Game 125: Loss to Brewers

Brewers 11 Mets 9

It was one of the most exhilarating and exciting comebacks of the year for the 2011 Mets.

And then it wasn’t.

In many ways, it was the defining moment of the season — for both the team and for Mets fans.

Mets Game Notes

We don’t really need to get into the details, do we? I’m posting this more than 24 hours after the final out because I’m still trying to recover. Can you suffer from a Mets hangover?

The game began as many Mets games do; Chris Capuano started out OK then shat the bed, allowing the Brewers to stake a four-run lead after three innings that expanded to six after six. Meanwhile the Mets hitters could do nothing with the slop of Randy Wolf — until the seventh, when they exploded for five runs in chasing Wolf from the game. More relievers entered, and each were greeted with more runs. Sweet justice filled Citi Field when the Mets terrorized former teammate Francisco Rodriguez for three runs to take an 8-7 lead. The comeback was complete, the Mets had won — all they had to do was get three outs against a Brewers club that was clearly devastated and on the wrong side of momentum.

Except Jason Isringhausen imploded. And Manny Acosta threw gasoline on the fire. And so here we are.

Other random notes …

Prince Fielder hit an absolute rocket in the third off of Capuano. The ball went from Fielder’s bat to a seat in the upper deck of right field in about a half-second. The three-run blast came on a 3-2 pitch with men on first and second and two out. Maybe Cappy could have thrown something other than a BP fastball in that situation, I’m not sure.

Angel Pagan was 3-for-5 with 2 RBI with 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Ruben Tejada had two hits and two runs scored. Otherwise the comeback that wasn’t was very much a team effort, with contributions spread around.

Next Mets Game

The final game of this series begins at 1:10 PM on Sunday afternoon. R.A. Dickey goes to the hill against Yovani Gallardo. I’m not sure I can watch.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Jimmy Prinzler August 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm
    K-Rod gave up 3 runs to Mets and surrendered a lead and got the W cause Izzy pitched worse than K-Rod. I told dad that I got a feeling that Mets would knock out K-Rod sometime in that series and they did but Izzy handed K-Rod a silver lining W. Izzy is not our realistic choice. I wish Collins would give other pitchers a chance to close it out. I really dont know how many games that Mets let it go away. Mets were in a step or 2 to be in right direction BUT Collins put them 10+ steps away. Too bad Sandy didnt select Backman.
  2. Joe August 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm
    Acosta was put in a hopeless situation and if the Mets didn’t use all their luck coming back might have STILL got out of it.

    He should have been out there at least one batter sooner.