The Mets win streak came to an end Saturday night as the Brewers trotted out their own version of the HR offense to emerge with a 5-1 win.
Matt Harvey was victimized by the gopher ball, as he allowed 2 HR in 5 IP. The first one was a wind-blown 3-run homer that shocked just about everyone that it went out. The second one came on a 2-0 meatball on a middle-middle offering that was easily his worst pitch of the night.
It seemed to be a struggle for Harvey, who was nibbling more than you’d like to see. But he finished with 6 Ks and 1 BB, which should be an indication that he can win with the stuff he has. We’ll see what he looks like when the weather warms up and there aren’t 20 mph gusts.
Paul Sewald got into a game and delivered three sparkling innings of relief. Hansel Robles came on in the ninth and surrendered the Brewers’ third homer of the night. Looks like he’ll be on the shuttle back to Las Vegas once either Anthony Swarzak or Jason Vargas returns from the DL.
The Mets didn’t get a hit until the fifth inning and finished with just three hits, all of them of the bleeder/bloop variety. There was a moment of hope when Craig Counsell removed his starter, who was just cruising and didn’t have a high pitch count, but the Mets could do little against the Brewers’ pen and absolutely nothing against Josh Hader, who struck out five of the six batters he faced.