September 2, 2008: Mets Defeat Brewers in 10 Innings
|Date: September 2, 2008|
|Mets starter: Jon Niese|
|Winning pitcher: Joe Smith|
|Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Endy Chavez|
|Key play: Beltran’s home run, Chavez’s sacrifice fly|
The Mets faced the Brewers on a Tuesday night at Miller Park. Leading the National League East Division by two games, the Mets aimed for their third win in a row. They came up with a 6-5 victory in 10 innings over Milwaukee.
Brewers’ starter Manny Parra set down the Mets in order in the top of the first inning. Rickie Weeks led off the bottom half with a home run for a 1-0 Milwaukee lead. Mets’ starter Jon Niese issued ensuing walks to J. J. Hardy and Ryan Braun. Prince Fielder was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Carlos Delgado. Niese then struck out Corey Hart and Mike Cameron to end the inning.
In the top of the second, Parra walked Carlos Beltran and gave up a single to Delgado. A double by Fernando Tatis scored Beltran to tie the game. Damion Easley’s ground out to shortstop Hardy drove in Delgado to put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Parra retired the next two batters to close out the inning. Niese then shut down the Brewers in the bottom half.
Nick Evans reached first base on Hardy’s error with one out in the top of the third inning. David Wright followed with a single and Parra threw a wild pitch that moved the runners to second and third. Beltran followed with a three-run homer to stretch the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Parra got Delgado to ground out to first baseman Fielder and fanned Tatis for the third out. Niese retired three straight Brewer batters after a walk to Hardy and a single by Braun in the bottom of the inning. The Mets were then shut down by Parra in the top of the fourth.
For Milwaukee, Bill Hall singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Jason Kendall doubled to send Hall to third base. An ensuing double by Parra brought home Hall and Kendall. Parra advanced to third on Weeks’ single and scored on a single by Hardy. Mets’ reliever Nelson Figueroa struck out Braun and walked Fielder to load the bases. Hart singled to drive home Weeks and tie the game at 5-5. Trying to score on the hit, Hardy was thrown out at home by center fielder Beltran. Figueroa then struck out Cameron to end the inning.
Parra and Figueroa each pitched a scoreless fifth. Beltran singled and Delgado walked to begin the top of the sixth. Brewers’ reliever Guillermo Mota got Tatis to hit into a double play and retired Easley on a grounder to third baseman Hall. Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez pitched a perfect bottom of the inning. The Mets were then shut down by Mota in the top of the seventh and Brian Stokes retired all three Milwaukee hitters in the bottom half.
Brewers’ reliever Eric Gagne set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth inning. Stokes held Milwaukee scoreless again in the bottom half. In the top of the ninth, Salomon Torres retired all three Mets to come to bat. Stokes walked Braun to begin the bottom of the inning. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano got Fielder to hit a ground ball to second baseman Easley for a double play. Joe Smith then retired Hart on a grounder to third baseman Wright to send the game into extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, Daniel Murphy led off with a single to center field. Jose Reyes reached first base on a bunt with Murphy going to third on catcher Kendall’s error. Endy Chavez followed with a sacrifice fly to score Murphy and give the Mets a one-run lead. Torres then got Wright to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Luis Ayala retired the first two Brewer hitters in the bottom of the 10th. Brad Nelson followed with a double for his first major league hit. Pinch-hitting for Torres, Gabe Kapler drew a walk. Ayala then struck out Weeks to end the game. The Mets had their third consecutive win with an extra-inning triumph.