Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Sunday, July 27th, 2014
New York Mets vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Post Game Recap
Winning Pitcher: Jacob deGrom (5-5 2.79 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Jimmy Nelson (1-2, 4.30 ERA)
Save: Jenrry Mejia (15, 3.63 ERA)
The Mets were able to not only split their series with the Brewers with a 2-0 victory, they finished their 10-game road trip to start the second half .500 as well. It is a step in the right direction for the Mets, who are right in the thick of things in the National League for the wild card race.
For the month of July, deGrom has been outstanding for the Mets, picking up the slack of veterans such as Dillon Gee and Jonathan Niese, both who were on the DL. In July, deGrom has gone 4-1, including wins in his last four starts. Prior to Sunday, deGrom had a 1.73 ERA in 26 innings with 34 strikeouts compared to only five walks and 23 hits.
Today it was deGrom’s turn to take the mound and he twirled yet another gem. deGrom continued his dominant stretch, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings. deGrom kept the Brewers lineup off balance all afternoon, allowing only four hits and two walks; two of the hits came in the seventh inning, but Vic Black was able to come in and keep the Brewers off the scoreboard.
No Brewer was able to get past second base the entire game, as every hit they had was only a single. They had only three at-bats the whole game with runners in scoring position, making outs in every one of them.
The Mets offense did not manage much better offensively with runners in scoring position, going 1-11. But the one is all that matters, as it was a Lucas Duda two-run homer in the sixth inning. It was his 18th homer of the season, and provided all the offense the Mets needed to take home the victory.
In addition to Duda’s homerun, the Mets had four other extra base hits, all doubles. Chris Young hit two, while Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy each added one as well. This was the third consecutive game Murphy registered multiple hits.
The Mets will now start a week long homestand Monday, welcoming in the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants. On Monday night the Mets will start their series with the Phillies, as Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Amazings’ against A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86 ERA) for the Phillies.