August 2, 2007: Eighteen Hits Romp Brewers

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Date: August 2, 2007
Mets starter: Brian Lawrence
Mets: 12
Brewers: 4
Winning pitcher: Brian Lawrence
Key player(s): Damion Easley, Lastings Milledge, David Wright
Key play: Wright's home run, Easley's inside-the-park homer, Milledge's single

The Mets faced the Brewers on a Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets collected eighteen hits in a 12-4 win.

David Wright got a two-out double against Brewers' starter Chris Capuano in the top of the first inning. Carlos Delgado doubled to drive home Wright and came around to score on Moises Alou's single for a 2-0 Mets lead. Damion Easley hit a single and Capuano struck out Ramon Castro to end the inning. Mets' starter Brian Lawrence then yielded only a double to Ryan Braun in the bottom half.

Capuano retired the side in order in the top of the second. Johnny Estrada doubled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Tony Graffanino hit a single to score Estrada and moved to third base on a single by Capuano. Corey Hart singled to bring home Graffanino and tie the game at 2-2. Lawrence then fanned J. J. Hardy to close out the inning.

Wright singled with one out in the top of the third. Delgado went down on strikes and Alou drew a walk. Easley flied out to center fielder Bill Hall to end the inning and Prince Fielder got a one-out single in the bottom half. Lawrence then got Hall to pop out to second baseman Luis Castillo and retired Geoff Jenkins on a ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes for the inning's third out.

Capuano hurled a perfect top of the fourth. Lawrence set down all three batters in the bottom half and Wright hit a home run with two outs in the top of the fifth, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. Delgado was struck out to end the inning and Hart led off the bottom half with a homer to retie the game. Hardy flied out to right fielder Easley and a single by Braun ensued. Fielder was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Lastings Milledge. With Lawrence facing Hall, Braun was caught stealing on catcher Castro's throw to Castillo to finish off the inning.

Alou doubled to begin the top of the sixth. Easley followed with an inside-the-park home run to put the Mets ahead, 5-3. Castro grounded out to third baseman Braun and a single by Milledge ensued. Pinch-hitter Ruben Gotay lined out to right fielder Hart and a single by Reyes sent Milledge to third base. Reyes stole second and Capuano retired Castillo on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman Fielder. The Brewers then failed to score after loading the bases against Mets' relievers Scott Schoeneweis and Jorge Sosa in the bottom half.

Wright singled against Milwaukee reliever Carlos Villanueva to open the top of the seventh. Delgado was hit by a pitch and Alou flied out to Hall. Easley got a single to load the bases and Castro went down on strikes. Milledge followed with a single that plated both Wright and Delgado. Sosa doubled to score Easley and increase the Mets' lead to 8-3. The Brewers' Brian Shouse got Reyes on a grounder to Braun to end the inning. Sosa then yielded just a double to Fielder in the bottom half.

Shouse pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Sosa gave up only a double to Estrada in the bottom of the inning and Castro got a two-out single against Milwaukee reliever Chris Spurling in the top of the ninth. Milledge doubled and came around to score with Castro on a double by pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson. Reyes connected for a two-run homer (the Mets' eighteenth hit) to extend the New York lead to 12-3. Spurling then got Castillo to ground out to shortstop Hardy and finish off the inning.

Leading off the bottom of the ninth against Mets' reliever Aaron Sele, Hart hit his second homer of the game. Hardy singled and Braun grounded to Reyes for a double play. Sele then retired Fielder on a fly ball to left fielder Anderson for the game's final out. The Mets had a solid victory.