Noah Syndergaard was hit hard early in tonight’s game and was once again the victim of some timely stolen bases that proved to be costly. After giving up a solo home run to Travis Shaw in the second inning, the real damage came in the third when Lorenzo Cain singled with one out and promptly stole second. He was driven in by Christian Yelich, who also stole second. Travis Shaw singled to drive in Yelich for the Brewers’ third run.
The Mets were able to counter Shaw’s solo home run with one of their own in the top of the third by Amed Rosario. Another solo home run by Michael Conforto in the top of the fourth inning capped off the run production the Mets were able to manage against Junior Guerra, who went six innings and surrendered just five hits in total, striking out three.
For his part, Syndergaard was able to settle down. He retired the last eight batters he faced in a row, five of which were strikeouts. His night came to what was perhaps a premature end after 78 pitches when Mickey Callaway chose to pinch hit for him in the top of the seventh after Jose Bautista, pinch hitting for Adrian Gonzalez, worked out a walk against Brewers’ phenom Josh Hader, putting the potential tying run on base. Jose Reyes grounded out in his pinch hitting appearance, joining a line of unsuccessful Mets against Hader, who struck out four in his two innings of relief.
After two strong innings of relief from Seth Lugo, the Mets were able to get to Brewers’ closer Corey Knebel in the ninth when Michael Conforto and Devin Mesoraco both drew two-out walks to bring up Jose Bautista, who singled to score Conforto and tie the game. Luis Guillorme subsequently worked a fantastic at-bat himself, working out a walk on ten pitches to force Knebel out of the game. However, Jeremy Jeffress was able to retire Amed Rosario with the bases loaded to keep the game tied at three.
Robert Gsellman pitched a scoreless ninth thanks in part to a base running blunder by Travis Shaw that sent the game to extra innings. However, in the tenth inning with the winning run on base and two out, Mickey Callaway opted to go to Jerry Blevins to face Christian Yelich and as has been a theme this season, Blevins was unable to get the job done, giving up a single to Yelich. The game was then left to A.J. Ramos, who walked two consecutive batters to seal the walk-off loss for the Mets.
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