Milwaukee Brewers 2 New York Mets 4
Players of the Game:
Nelson Figueroa: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Umpires Jerry Layne and Phil Cuzzi
Figueroa was stellar, and for a couple of reasons. First of all Jerry Layne had the most lopsided strike zone I've ever seen an umpire have. His outside and inside corner were unequal and inconsistent. The top of the strike zone fluctuated every at bat the bottom of the strike zone is apparently the ankles. Top it off with the worst call of the season thus far by Phil Cuzzi at first base, and even if the Brewers played reasonable, they still wouldn't have had a shot a win.
Prince Fielder, Corey Hart and Gabe Gross simply dogged it yesterday. The box score says only two errors, but in my opinion there were four. The fourth inning started out with a solid line drive single by David Wright and a walk by Carlos Beltran that was a battle through and through. And then Prince Fielder got fat for his old man and refused to bend over, or even try to stop a ball to the hole. I don't what happened, but it was by far the worst effort this season by any Brewer. Instead of a double play ball or at the bare minimum, one out since Delgado is Frank Thomas slow, a run scored and runners were at first and third with no one out. The next batter sac flied in Beltran, which could have been the third out. Two singles and an error on Jason Kendall, that wasn't an error since Rickie actually got their first, led to a three run inning that should have been zero runs, or possibly more if Parra didn't induce a DP to Reyes.
The Brewers pretty much folded again after that. Gross tacked on an error to give another extra out to an already potent defense. The Brewers only mustered two hits off of Mets pitching, both doubles, and both resulted in runs because Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart took walks. Imagine that! You get guys on base via free rides and they score! Show up Brewers and stop playing like a bunch of hacks. You're better than that.
Game Changing Play:
Prince Fielder giving up on a ball that should have been a DP. It resulted in a 3-run inning and was a huge knock to the confidence of this ball club who need to play with the pedal on the gas to make up for their inconsistencies.
What's on tap?:
First pitch is in five minutes between Sheets and Santana. I'm cruising home as fast as possible. I'll probably get there and 20 after and three innings will be done.