The Mets extended their winning streak to nine games with a 6-5 victory over the Brewers Friday night in the first of a three-game series.
Todd Frazier delivered his first Mets homer in his first trip to the plate and added his second Mets homer the next time he came to bat. New Met Jose Lobaton tripled (!) in his first PA for New York. And that was after nearly tripping himself twice while navigating first base.
If you like pitching, this wasn’t really the game for you. Steven Matz surrendered two, 2-run homers, opposing hitters got good swings off Seth Lugo and Jerry Blevins didn’t record an out. Sure, Robert Gsellman came on and retired the only batter he faced but it was Jett Bandy, so let’s not make it out to be something special. Oh and there was another partial-inning appearance for AJ Ramos, as Mickey Callaway used four pitchers in the eighth inning. Yeah, it was a weird night.
Only Jeurys Familia came on and impressed and picked up his seventh Save of the year in the process.
Yoenis Cespedes had a good game. He delivered an RBI single in the first inning, made a nice defensive play with a leaping catch in the second and he threw out a runner at third base in the seventh. He also beat out an infield hit and had a couple of foul balls that were smoked. Perhaps the funniest moment of the game came in the eighth inning when Jesus Aguilar drilled a ball into left field and thought about trying for a double. But he quickly scurried back to first base with his arm raised in an apologetic manner, as if he was repentant for even considering the idea of trying to take the extra base on Cespedes.
It seems wrong to feel so conflicted about a win. Or maybe being 11-1 spoils you, feeling that the victories need to be everywhere and not just on the scoreboard. But let’s not pretend that both teams didn’t have ugly pitching performances. Meanwhile, neither the defense nor baserunning for Milwaukee was particularly impressive. In a sense, the Brewers deserved to lose this game more than the Mets. And lose they did.