The Milwaukee Brewers scored three runs in the third inning and made those stand up, as they emerged with a 3-2 win over the Mets Sunday, and a sweep of their three-game series. The Brewers ended up taking five of the six games against the Mets this year.
Zach Davies was masterful for 7.2 IP against a Mets lineup with more subs in it than usual. And after Matt Albers got the final out of the eighth, Josh Hader came on to strike out the side in the ninth. Hader now has 9 IP against the Mets, has allowed just 1 H, 2 BB and has 22 Ks. It’s a level of dominance that’s almost impossible to understand.
The Mets’ first run came thanks to an unlikely duo. Keon Broxton snapped a lengthy 0-fer streak with a double and Tomas Nido drove him home with a single. Their other run came in an unlikely way, too. Juan Lagares, he of the 60.5 GB%, hit a rare ball in the air that wound up leaving the park for a home run.
On a day where offense was rare, Mickey Callaway went to his bench early, using Michael Conforto to pinch hit for starter Jason Vargas in the top of the fifth inning. Assuming no injury to Vargas, it was a surprising move by Callaway, given how depleted his bullpen was after yesterday’s 18-inning game. Vargas struggled in the third inning, but was very good in the fourth and overall had thrown only 50 pitches. Conforto walked but the Mets were unable to tack on any runs.
Newly-promoted relievers Tim Peterson and Tyler Bashlor contributed 3.2 scoreless innings to keep the game close. But the struggling offense was unable to mount a comeback.