Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Recap: Mets Lose 7-6 On Morgan's Walkoff Double

On a night when Mike Pelfrey brought his good stuff to the ballpark, it looked as if he would be done in by one bad pitch, but the Mets rallied to take a four run lead that the bullpen just could not hold.

The Mets offense appeared to be dormant for the second night in a row, recording only four hits over the first seven innings. Jason Bay, who reached base after being hit by a pitch in the fourth, would be singled to third by Ronnie Paulino and then would come home on a balk. That would be all the Mets would muster against Brewer's starter, Randy Wolfe.

Pelfrey, who was pulled after the 6th and threw only 72 pitches on the night, was solid. He allowed only four hits over six innings, had two strike outs and didn't issue a walk. However, for the second night in a row, a Mets starter was victimized by a big time home run courtesy of Prince Fielder. Unlike last night, when Fielder smashed a solo shot to dead centerfield, he drove in Ryan Braun on his monster shot tonight.

Just when it appeared the Mets were ready to pack it in, Jose Reyes would lead off the 8th with an infield single and the rally was on as the Mets would bat around in the inning. Turner walked to place runners on first and second for Carlos Beltran who would wrap his twentieth double of the year down the right field line, tying the game at two. Angel Pagan prompty followed with a single causing the Mets to take a 3-2 lead and two batters later, Ronnie Paulino would line a three run homer into the left field bleachers.

Unlike last night, the Mets' bullpen would not hold the lead as Pedro Beato and Jason Irsinghausen just didn't have it tonight. Ultimately, the Brewers would collect two runs on a Ryan Braun double and tie the game on Prince Fielder's third home run of the series.

Terry Collins would decide on Dale Thayer over Franscisco Rodriguez in the 9th, which would seal yet another brutal loss. After a one out single by Craig Counsell, Thayer would stike out Rickie Weeks, but Nyjer Morgan would double in the game winning run in walk off fashion in the bottom of the 9th to give the Brewers the 7-6 win.

Tomorrow night at 8:10 pm, the Mets will send Jon Niese to the mound in an effort to win the series. The Brewers will counter with Yovani Gallardo, who is tied for the NL lead for wins.

Game Notes:
-Jason Bay is now 0 for his last 24.
-Prince Fielder has personally accounted for 5 of the Brewers 8 runs in this series so far.
-Jose Reyes went 2 for 4 on the night, raising his average to an NL leading .341.