July 27, 2014: DeGrom and Duda Bury Brewers

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Date: July 27, 2014
Mets starter: Jacob deGrom
Mets: 2
Brewers: 0
Winning pitcher: Jacob deGrom
Key player(s): Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda
Key play: Duda’s home run

The Mets faced the Brewers on a Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Jacob deGrom led a quartet of pitchers in a shutout and Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer for a 2-0 Mets win.

DeGrom and the Brewers’ Jimmy Nelson each started the game with five scoreless innings pitched. Jacob yielded only two walks and a single to Nelson himself while the Mets hit three doubles, but weren’t able to score. To begin the top of the sixth, Daniel Murphy doubled to center field. David Wright was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Ryan Braun. Duda followed with a home run to put the Mets in front. Chris Young reached on first baseman Mark Reynolds’ error and Juan Lagares was called out on strikes. Nelson retired Anthony Recker on a ground ball to third baseman Elian Herrera for the inning’s final out. DeGrom then gave up just a single to Rickie Weeks in the bottom half.

Nelson hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Khris Davis singled against deGrom to lead off the bottom of the inning. Mark Reynolds flied out to right fielder Granderson and a single by Jean Segura ensued. Mets’ reliever Vic Black got pinch-hitter Scooter Gennett to pop out to third baseman Wright. Black retired Aramis Ramirez on a pop-up to shortstop Ruben Tejada that closed out the inning and Murphy singled against Milwaukee’s Tom Gorzelanny to open the top of the eighth. Wright hit a single and Duda’s ground out to Gorzelanny advanced the runners to second and third base. Brewers’ reliever Brandon Kintzler fanned Young and got Lagares on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Segura. New York’s Jeurys Familia then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Kintzler pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia retired Jonathan Lucroy on a grounder to Tejada to begin the bottom of the inning. Davis singled and Reynolds went down on strikes. Segura followed with a single to center field. Mejia then got Lyle Overbay to ground out to second baseman Murphy and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.