Todd Frazier hit his first two home runs with the Mets, catcher Jose Lobaton tripled in his first at-bat with the team, and NY extended its winning streak to nine with a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. He gave up four runs on six innings in his first start out, two earned runs in only four innings in his second start, and then just one earned run over six innings in his latest start.
PIRATES 7, MARLINS 3: Starling Marte hiked his average 64 points, punctuating a 5-for-5 afternoon with a ninth-inning homer to help Pittsburgh win at Miami.
Callaway experienced the Indians' 22-game winning streak last season firsthand, and while the Mets didn't even get halfway there before suffering their first loss since April 1, the former Cleveland pitching coach believed there were "a lot of similarities, for sure". He allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings of work. Just like last season, Thames has come out hot out of the gate with five home runs. Yoenis Cespdes had the lone RBI on a single to right in the 6 inning that scored Michael Conforto. Perez advanced on a groundout and stole third, and Jett Bandy took a called third strike on a pitch that appeared to be low. Braun pinch hit with none on and two outs in the seventh and flied out.
Mets rookie manager Mickey Callaway faced second-guessing after Jay Bruce pinch hit for rookie catcher Tomas Nido and was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Syndergaard followed with an infield popup on the first pitch. "We didn't have enough players to really double switch".
Jesus Aguilar singled with one out in the sixth, and Robert Gsellman relieved.
Flores broke a 2-all tie with a drive over the left-center wall against Matt Albers (2-1) for his second home run this year. He claimed the cold benefited his changeup. The first baseman was removed in the middle of the third after striking out twice, and the Brewers said he strained a left adductor muscle. The Brewers said he aggravated a muscle in his left leg that had been bothering him and he is day to day. Milwaukee's starting lineup already was minus catcher Manny Pina and outfielders Ryan Braun and Christian Yelich.
The New York Mets don't want to get used to losing.
Left-hander Jerry Blevins got Travis Shaw to hit an inning-ending grounder that left the bases loaded in the seventh.
The New York Mets will look to continue their hot start, now sitting at 10-1 overall with an eight game winning streak following their second consecutive series sweep after a 4-1 win over Miami on Wednesday. Yelich (right oblique) needs to have consecutive days of good workouts before he is activated from the disabled list, Counsell said.
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The gregarious New Jerseyite - he limited his postgame remarks to two minutes in order to head to Toms River for his son's Little League game Saturday - popularized a thumbs-down salute with the Yankees previous year after he homered during a Tampa Bay-Yankees game moved to Citi Field and a Mets fan was caught making the motion to him. Brent Suter takes the mound tonight with the first pitch scheduled for 6:40.