Christian Yelich had three hits and two RBIs, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night, hours after Mets owner Steve Cohen announced held a press conference in which he preached patience but said his struggling team is running. out of time to get back in the playoff race.
The $355 million Mets are 36-44 and have lost 17 of 23. They were 8 1/2 games out of the final NL wild-card berth going into Wednesday. New York hasn’t won a series since sweeping Philadelphia May 30-June 1.
«All is not lost yet,» Cohen said. «But it’s getting late.»
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One night after a 7-2 victory that Cohen called «…a sharp game, probably one of the best games we’ve played all year,» the Mets went 0-for-11 with runners on base and seven stranded.
«We had trouble putting all the phases of the game together,» said manager Buck Showalter, whose job was considered safe for the rest of the season by Cohen.
Showalter was ejected after Yelich’s two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning, which came after Joey Wiemer earned first base when he was struck on the hand while hitting Adam Ottavino’s 0-1 pitch.
The ejection was the second in four days and the third of the season for Showalter, who said he was told during an argument with first base umpire Ron Kulpa that Wiemer didn’t swing.
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«I was surprised that two guys missed it,» Showalter said. «Usually things like that can be overcome, but that wasn’t the only thing. We could have done a few things to overcome that.»
Jesse Winker hit a two-run double in the first and Blake Perkins hit a go-ahead single in the sixth off Grant Hartwig (0-1).
Tommy Pham homered for the Mets and went 3-for-3 with a walk. Francisco Álvarez was walked with the bases loaded tying it 2–2 in the quarter, but then Brett Baty struck out and Mark Canha roughly grounded into an inning-ending double play.
«Good teams get through things, we’re not getting through things,» Ottavino said. «I had a chance to get Yelich out, the ground ball finds the hole. He could have gotten over it, I didn’t get over it.»
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Five Brewers relievers combined to shutout the Mets over the final five innings. Bryse Wilson (3-0), the first pitcher out of the bullpen, allowed two hits in 1 2-3 innings. Devin Williams earned his 15th save by striking out two in a perfect ninth inning.
«Big hits and a great bullpen effort,» Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said.
Brewers starter Wade Miley allowed two runs in four innings. Mets starter Kodai Senga allowed two runs and struck out eight in five innings.
Senga was charged with an unusual ball during a fifth-inning at-bat against Winker. Plate umpire Carlos Torres called timeout, but ducked again as Senga started his pitch. Winker stepped out of the batter’s box and took several steps toward the Mets dugout when Senga, leading 0-2, bounced a pitch that landed short and wide of the plate. Winker brought the score to 3-2 before rolling.
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Brewers first baseman Rowdy Tellez struck out in the seventh when he was assessed a shot clock violation with two strikes.
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The Mets added a shuffleboard to their locker room this week. The team also has a ping pong table and a pool table.
Brewers: Wiemer finished the game in center field. Subsequent X-rays revealed no damage to his left hand. … LHP Justin Wilson (Tommy John surgery) allowed one run in one inning in his first rehab appearance Tuesday for the rookie-level Arizona Complex League Brewers. … RHP Brandon Woodruff (shoulder) threw 25 pitches Tuesday in a bullpen session, his second since he was injured on April 7.
Mets: Lefty Jose Quintana (rib surgery) is scheduled to start for Triple-A Syracuse on Friday. It will be Quintana’s fourth rehab start, on track to join the Mets just before or just after the All-Star break.
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The teams close out the four-game series on Thursday night, when Mets RHP Max Scherzer (7-2, 3.95 ERA) faces Adrian Houser (2-2, 4.02). Scherzer has allowed three runs in 14 innings to win his last two starts. Houser will make his first start since June 9.