July 5, 2013: Fourteen Hits Pound Brewers

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Date: July 5, 2013
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 12
Brewers: 5
Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Key player(s): Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Juan Lagares, Ike Davis
Key play: Davis’s and Nieuwenhuis’s singles in 2nd

The Mets faced the Brewers on a Friday night in Milwaukee. The teams played the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park. The Mets collected fourteen hits in a 12-5 win.

Eric Young singled against Brewers’ starter Johnny Hellweg to lead off the top of the first inning. Daniel Murphy flied out to left fielder Logan Schafer and a single by David Wright advanced Young to third base. Ike Davis drew a walk to load the bases and Kirk Nieuwenhuis walked to force home Young. Juan Lagares followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Jean Segura that scored Wright with the Mets’ second run. Hellweg then retired John Buck on a grounder to Segura for the third out.

Norichika Aoki singled against Mets’ starter Zack Wheeler to begin the bottom of the first. Segura reached on second baseman Murphy’s error and a double by Carlos Gomez drove home Aoki. On his own hit, Gomez moved to third base as Segura was out at home via a relay throw by shortstop Omar Quintanilla to catcher Buck. Aramis Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly that plated Gomez and tied the game at 2-2. Wheeler then struck out Jonathan Lucroy to end the inning.

Quintanilla drew a walk to open the top of the second. Omar went to second base on Wheeler’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Segura’s error of Young’s fielder’s choice ground ball. Murphy reached on a fielder’s choice grounder to load the bases and Wright lined out to first baseman Juan Francisco. Davis singled to bring home Quintanilla and put the Mets ahead by a run. Nieuwenhuis followed with a single that scored Young and Murphy, increasing the New York lead to 5-2. Hellweg retired Lagares on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Rickie Weeks. Wheeler then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Hellweg held the Mets to a single by Wheeler in the top of the third. Zack hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Wright drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. David advanced to third base on a single by Davis and came home on Nieuwenhuis’s single to center field. Lagares popped out to Weeks and a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Buck reached on an error by third baseman Ramirez that allowed Davis to score for a 7-2 Mets lead. Quintanilla walked to load the bases and Milwaukee reliever Tyler Thornburg threw a called third strike past Wheeler to close out the inning. Francisco homered to lead off the bottom half. Wheeler then retired the next three Brewers hitters to end the inning.

Thornburg pitched a perfect top of the fifth. Segura and Gomez got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom half. Ramirez drew a walk to load the bases and Lucroy flied out to center fielder Lagares. Wheeler fanned Francisco to finish off the inning and Nieuwenhuis drew a one-out walk in the top of the sixth. Kirk stole second base and went to third on a wild pitch as Lagares walked. With Buck at bat, Lagares was caught stealing second on catcher Lucroy’s throw to Weeks. Buck singled to score Nieuwenhuis for an 8-3 Mets lead. Thornburg retired Quintanilla on a fly ball to Schafer that ended the inning. Mets’ reliever David Aardsma then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Thornburg shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. Aoki singled against New York’s Greg Burke to begin the bottom of the inning. Segura hit a force play grounder to Murphy and came around to score on a double by Gomez. On the play, Gomez was out via a relay throw by Murphy to third baseman Wright. Burke then retired Ramirez on a grounder to Wright for the third out of the inning.

Nieuwenhuis doubled to lead off the top of the eighth. Lagares hit a single to score Nieuwenhuis and extend the Mets’ lead to 9-4. Buck was hit by a pitch and Quintanilla grounded to Weeks for a double play. Thornburg retired Burke on a ground ball to Weeks to close out the inning and Francisco singled against Greg with one out in the bottom half. Weeks went down on strikes and Schafer hit a double to right field. Pinch-hitter Sean Halton singled to bring home Francisco for the fifth Milwaukee run of the game. Mets’ reliever Josh Edgin then got Aoki to fly out to left fielder Young and end the inning.

Young doubled against Brewers’ reliever Burke Badenhop to open the top of the ninth. Murphy was called out on strikes and Young advanced to third base after Wright’s fly out to center fielder Gomez. Davis hit a single that brought home Young and came around to score on Nieuwenhuis’s triple for an 11-5 Mets lead. Lagares singled for the fourteenth New York hit to plate Nieuwenhuis with the team’s twelfth run. Badenhop then retired Buck on a fly ball to Gomez for the inning’s final out.

Segura flied out to right fielder Nieuwenhuis to begin the bottom of the ninth. Gomez was retired on a fly ball to Young. Edgin then got Ramirez to pop out to Murphy and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory to start the weekend series.