Milwaukee Brewers Defeat Mets 3-2; Fiers Fires Quality Start
Mike Fiers had a quality start and the Brewers offense provided just enough run support for the Brewers to take the first game of a 3 game set with the New York Mets.
Fiers pitched 6 solid innings, scattering 4 hits and walking 2 batters. With the support of a widened strike zone by the home plate umpire, Fiers recorded 7 strikeouts and surrendered just 2 earned runs. Will Smith (3-0) recorded 4 outs to pick up the victory. He was extremely sharp, fanning 3 of the 4 batters that he faced.
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The Brewers got the early lead with Adam Lind getting them on the board in the bottom of the 1st inning. After the first two hitters of the inning were retired, Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez hit back-to-back singles. Lind laced a single to center, scoring Braun and giving the Brewers an early 1-0 advantage.
Curtis Granderson connected for his 10th home run of the season in the 3rd, a solo shot off of Fiers, tying the game at 1. The Mets would grab the lead in the 4th with a sac fly off the bat of Kevin Plawecki. But the Brewers would respond with the final two runs of the game.
With the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the 6th, Jean Segura hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Gerardo Parra and tying the game at 2. The Brewers were unable to scratch any further runs in the frame, but took the lead in the very next inning.
With Gomez on first base, Lind hit a slow liner right down the third base line. Michael Cuddyer, the Mets left fielder, mishandled the carom off the side wall, allowing Gomez to come all the way around to score the go-ahead run. Lind was awarded a double on the play, but no RBI, he finished the game 2-4. Gomez was on base three times with a single, walk, and hit by pitch.
Francisco Rodriguez, who is the leader in our Brewers All-Star poll, pitched the 9th for his 14th save of the season. He lived up to his nickname of K-Rod, striking out 2 of the 3 hitters that he faced.
The Brewers will look to take game 2 of the series on Wednesday with Jimmy Nelson (3-8, 4.64 ERA) squaring off against Bartolo Colon (9-5, 4.81 ERA). The Brewers faced Colon on May 15 and hung him with his 2nd loss of the season, recording 7 hits (2 home runs) and 6 runs in Colon’s 5 innings pitched.