The Brewers welcomed the New York Mets for a four-game series over the Memorial holiday weekend. Both ball clubs entered the weekend in the middle of tight divisional races, with the Brewers sitting in first place in the National League Central just ahead of the Cardinals, Cubs and Pirates while the Mets entered just behind the Braves, Nationals and Phillies in the National League East. After taking five of seven games against the Mets in 2017, the Brewers looked to rally to take the season series against the Mets for 2018. The Mets won two of three games against the Brewers at Citi Field back in April.
Thursday, May 24th- Mets 5, Brewers 0
The series got off to a slow start as the Brewers found their offense going ice cold while getting shut out for the ninth time in 2018. Brewers starting pitcher Zach Davies, made his first start in three and a half weeks after coming off the DL. Davies’ lasted only four innings giving up four runs on six hits and two walks. Mets’ left fielder Branon Nimmo tore up the Brewers reaching base five times including two doubles, a triple, single and a walk while scoring twice. The Mets’ starting pitcher Steven Matz shut down the Brewers allowing only three hits over six innings while getting 13 hits worth of support from the Mets’ lineup.
Friday, May 25th– Brewers 4, Mets 3 (10 innings)
Going up against the Mets’ ace Noah Syndergaard, Travis Shaw put the Brewers offense on his back in the Friday tilt of the series. Shaw went 3-4 at the plate, with a home run and a double and tallied three RBI. Brewers’ starter Junior Guerra had a quality start and reliever Josh Hader had another outstanding performance, striking out four in two innings of work. Brewers’ Corey Knebel suffered a blown save after giving up two walks and a game tying single to Jose Bautista. Jeremy Jeffress relived Knebel and pitched the final 1.1 innings and shut out the Mets’ with a little help from his defense in the form of a perfect throw from Domingo Santana to cut down Asdrubal Cabrera at second base.
In the bottom of the 10th inning with runners at first base and third base Mets’ skipper Mickey Callaway brought in A.J. Ramos who proceeded to walk Hernan Perez on four pitches and then with a 3-1 count to Shaw, skipped his pitch in the dirt and Eric Sogard walked in for the win. With the win the Brewers improved to 4-1 in extra inning games.
Saturday, May 26th– Brewers 17, Mets 6
The Brewers put up one of the franchise’s finest offensive days on Saturday afternoon and it was needed as starter Chase Anderson got into trouble early and often before being removed by manager Craig Counsell after going 3.2 innings and giving up five runs. The Brewers bullpen came through allowing only one run the rest of the afternoon. The Brewers had nine players both score a run and drive a run in a single game for the first time in franchise history.
The Brewers totaled 19 hits, including two home runs, one by the streaking hot Jesus Aguilar and the other by new Brewers’ catcher Erik Kratz, who was acquired from the New York Yankees for cash or a player to be named later on Friday. Lorenzo Cain reached base safely five times (Double, two singles and two walks) while Aguilar, Christian Yelich and Hernan Perez each added three RBI in the onslaught.
The Brewers win put them a season high 13 games above .500. The 17 runs were the largest offensive output since an 18-1 win over the Cubs in Chicago on August 2, 2010 and tied the most runs for the team at Miller Park since a 17-3 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 26, 2010.
Sunday, May 27th– Brewers 8, Mets 7
The Brewers secured their fifth straight series win in front of a sold-out Miller Park crowd on Travis Shaw “Mayor of Ding Dong City” bobblehead day. Aguilar got the Brewers on the scoreboard in the first inning with an RBI single but the Mets got to Brewers’ starter Jhoulys Chacin in the second inning and put up four runs on the board. However, Aguilar saved the day again with a three-run home run into the left field stands to tie the game up at four runs apiece. After roughing up the Mets’ bullpen on Saturday, the Crew got to them again Sunday after falling behind 6-4.
In the seventh inning Shaw got the scoring going blooping a single to center which scored Yelich and was followed by Santana who popped a double down the right field line to score Aguilar and Shaw and put the Brewers ahead 7-6. Villar came up next and hit a double to right to score Santana and add a much-needed insurance run.
In the ninth closer Corey Knebel was called upon and surrendered a lead off home run to pinch hitter Devin Mesoraco to bring the game to within one run, but Knebel settled down to close out the game striking out the final two Mets after giving up a one out walk, to put a cap on the series win.
- The win on Sunday also clinched the season series against the Mets, 4-3. The Brewers won back to back season series against the Mets for the first time since 2013-2014.
- The Brewers, winners of six of seven games during the homestand, welcome their rival St. Louis Cardinals for three games before departing again for an eight game, three city road trip against the rebuilding Chicago White Sox, AL Central leading Cleveland Indians and surprising Philadelphia Phillies.
- Milwaukee holds the best record in the National League (34-20) through the first third of the season. The sixth time in 50 seasons as a franchise – though the third time in the past five years the team was in first place on Memorial Day.
- The Brewers’ bullpen has an MLB best 2.49 ERA with 10.24 strikeouts per nine innings.