Milwaukee Brewers fans know that the team is no stranger to the dramatic while sporting the hot pink apparel on Mothers Day. Who could forget the Bill Hall walk-off home run in 2006, coincidentally against the Mets? Then there is the Martin Maldonado walk-off single in 2015 against the Cubs.
Those were enjoyable wins for the Milwaukee Brewers, especially to have dramatics like that on such a special day, but there are very few victories that will top Sunday’s miracle comeback against the New York Mets.
Sunday’s game showed that this team has more fight than anyone could have ever imagined. Facing a six-run deficit in the sixth inning, most teams would have just thrown in the towel, but not this team of young studs.
To kick off this unbelievable comeback, the center fielder Keon Broxton blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth off of Mets ace Jacob deGrom. At that point, the score was 7-3, in favor of the Mets. The game was exciting, but no one expected what would happen in the seventh inning.
Jerry Blevins would surrender a leadoff walk to Orlando Arcia to begin the bottom half of the seventh. Blevins would then face the consequences after he surrendered a two-run homer to Jonathan Villar. Villar would stand at home plate and slam the bat down with a fury, as he knew he destroyed that pitch, and made the score 8-5.
Later in the inning, the Brewers would get assistance from red-hot Jesus Aguilar. With two runners on Aguilar had hearts beating as he sent a majestic shot to dead center field. He must have missed the barrel by a mere centimeter because the ball just stayed in the ballpark instead of going for a RBI double. The inning would end with the score at 8-6.
In the eighth inning Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell entrusted struggling closer, now reliever, Neftali Feliz to put a zero on the scoreboard. He came close, but with two out and Juan Lagares on first base, TJ Rivera, who has been scorching hot lately, slapped a RBI triple down the right field line. This would make it a 9-6 ball game heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Brewers save the best for last. Down by three in the bottom of the eighth inning, the magic of Mother’s Day in Milwaukee showed itself. The clutch Hernan Perez came up with the bases loaded thanks to the Mets hitting slugger Eric Thames with a pitch. Perez would work a solid at bat and hit a two-RBI double through the hole at second, making the score 9-8.
Then in the same inning, with two outs. Manny Pina would work a 3-2 count against Addison Reed. The next thing everyone heard was the crack of the bat and Matt Lepay making the call, “There’s a drive” deep left field and it’s gone!” Miller Park and homes of Milwaukee Brewers fans erupted as Pina slammed his bat as he knew he just cemented himself in Brewers Mother’s Day History.
Whether you were at the game or not, you probably ended up spilling a beverage in all the excitement. This finish would be nailed down by new closer Corey Knebel for another Brewers win on Mother’s Day.
This win was just not a win. It was a gift and a thank you to moms everywhere. Happy Mothers Day. To my mom Sharon Ohlrogge, Happy Mothers Day. I hope you had a great day.