Mets Game 126: Loss to Brewers

Brewers 6 Mets 2

R.A. Dickey deserves better, doesn’t he?

Mets Game Notes

Dickey allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings, and exited the game with the score tied at two. Then four Mets relievers combined to allow four runs in the final two frames to give the game to the Brewers. Not that it mattered all that much, since the Mets offense managed only 7 baserunners in the ballgame, all off of starter Yovani Gallardo, who gained his 14th victory of the season.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a rare clean 8th inning and LaTroy Hawkins — yes, he’s still in MLB — finished up the ninth without incident. When I saw Hawkins toe the rubber it made me think of Satchel Paige; don’t ask me why.

One of those 7 Mets baserunners was thanks to an intentional walk. Two of the Mets’ six hits came off the bat of Angel Pagan, who is suddenly hot hitting in the leadoff spot. He hit really well batting #1 last year — one has to wonder if it is a mental thing, where Pagan feels comfortable there or takes a different approach / mindset. Or it could just be coincidence.

One of the other Mets hits was a bomb by Lucas Duda, who provided the only run production of the ballgame for the Mets. His two-run shot came off a tiring Gallardo. However, Duda struck out in his other three at-bats.

Next Mets Game

The Mets head to Philadelphia on Monday night to start a three-game series with the first-place Phillies. Game time is 7:10 PM and pits Jonathon Niese vs. Cliff Lee.

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.