The Mets pounded out a 12-4 win over Milwaukee Thursday night, taking the series and leaving the Brewers behind in disarray.
The Brewers have now lost 9 of 13 and seem to be imploding. In the middle of the 7th last night, cameras caught manager Ed Yost in a yelling match with his catcher Johnny Estrada in the clubhouse tunnel. It's not "The Bronx is Burning," in Milwaukee...but it ain't "Happy Days" there either.
The Mets were facing a first place team when they arrived in town Tuesday. Were the Brewers playing over their heads? Could they stand up to a run at the pennant? The only way to silence the critics is to beat teams like the Mets.
Meanwhile, the Mets simply can't lose to the Brewers. With the Phils surging and the Braves re-loaded, the Mets can't afford to lose to anyone these days. They may be 4 games up but are still in a race.
After Tuesday's unpleasant loss, the Mets bats broke out. Last night, the boys had 18 hits and every starter (except Castillo) contributed. Easley even hit an inside-the-park home run.
Call-up Brian Lawrence, meanwhile, pitched 5 fine innings and earned his first victory in two years. Jorge Sosa did an excellent job out of the bullpen (his second such appearance). Sosa also hit a ground-rule double in the 7th.
So what was the Brewer Brooha about? According to local papers, Tony Graffanino, then Estrada, came to the defense of a teammate who they thought had been unfairly singled out by Yost for poor play.
The Brewers are now in second place. The Mets head to Chicago to play the new leaders of the Central Division. There’s a day game today, then two night games against the Cubs. Our own Ross Jones will be in Wrigley Saturday and Sunday. As he said,”Upper Deck Box 427 is the Loge 13 branch office in the Midwest” this weekend.
And we’ll be linking to our blog cousins over at The Cobra Brigade all weekend. An excellent weekend of baseball awaits.