September 3, 2008: Mets Complete Sweep of Brewers
|Date: September 3, 2008|
|Mets starter: Oliver Perez|
|Winning pitcher: Oliver Perez|
|Key player(s): Ryan Church, Brian Schneider, Oliver Perez, Nick Evans|
|Key play: Church’s grand slam, Schneider’s home run, Evans’ single|
The Mets faced the Brewers on a Wednesday afternoon in Milwaukee. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 9-2 win.
Daniel Murphy singled against Brewers’ starter David Bush with one out in the top of the first inning. David Wright hit a single to advance Murphy to third base. Carlos Delgado singled to score Murphy and a walk to Carlos Beltran loaded the bases. Ryan Church followed with a grand slam for a 5-0 Mets lead. Luis Castillo grounded out to shortstop J. J. Hardy. Brian Schneider homered for the sixth New York run of the inning. Bush retired Oliver Perez on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Gabe Kapler. To begin the bottom half, Rickie Weeks drew a walk and Hardy singled to left field. Perez then set down the next three Milwaukee batters to close out the inning.
Perez and Bush each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Brewers’ reliever Seth McClung gave up just a single to Schneider in the top of the sixth. Kapler doubled to lead off the bottom half. Ryan Braun popped out to second baseman Castillo and a double by Corey Hart brought home Kapler. Mike Rivera drew a walk and Bill Hall popped out to catcher Schneider. Perez then got Jason Kendall to fly out to center fielder Beltran and end the inning.
McClung shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. With two outs in the bottom half, Hardy homered against Perez for the second Milwaukee run of the game. Kapler drew a walk and New York reliever Joe Smith struck out Braun to finish off the inning. Beltran walked against the Brewers’ Mitch Stetter to open the top of the eighth. Church went down on strikes and Castillo drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis popped out to second baseman Weeks. With pinch-hitter Nick Evans at bat, Beltran and Castillo pulled off a double steal. Evans hit a single that plated Beltran and Castillo, increasing the Mets’ lead to 8-2. Stetter retired Jose Reyes on a pop-up to catcher Kendall for the inning’s third out. Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Murphy doubled against Milwaukee reliever Tim Dillard to begin the top of the ninth inning. Daniel moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored the Mets’ ninth run on Wright’s sacrifice fly. Dillard retired Delgado on a line drive to Kapler and struck out Beltran to end the inning. To start the bottom half, New York’s Scott Schoeneweis retired Brad Nelson on a ground ball to Castillo. Alcides Escobar singled in his first major league at bat. Schoeneweis then got Weeks to hit a grounder to shortstop Reyes for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a sweep of the three-game series.