Thursday, June 16, 2022

Mets Make Up Deficit & Megill’s Early Exit To Beat Brewers


Tylor Megill pitching to Christian Yelich in the first inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets made up a three-run deficit and overcame their starting pitcher, Tyler Megill, leaving early, to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-4, on Thursday night at Citi Field. This was the Mets' 16th come-from-behind win of the season.

The Mets took two of three in the series to give them their 15th series victory of the season, with seven of them at home. They improved to 42-23, and because Atlanta was idle, they gained a half-game on Braves, increasing their lead in the National League East to 4 1/2 games.

Megill made his second start since coming back from injury, and while he got off to a wonderful start in the first few innings, he departed in the middle of the fourth with an apparent injury that was termed "right shoulder discomfort."

Over the first three innings, Megill notched five strikeouts and surrendered just a single to Hunter Renfroe, who was then erased in a Jace Peterson double play, so he only faced the minimum nine hitters.

Megill was working with a 1-0 lead as the Mets got a run in the first inning against Milwaukee starter Aaron Ashby, as Jeff McNeil singled home Mark Canha, who drew a walk to open the game.

It all turned for Megill in the fourth, starting with Christian Yelich taking one to the opposite field, in the front row in left field, for a solo home run to tie the game.

Megill the struck out Willy Adames before allowing singles to Rowdey Tellez and Luis Urias, and a walk to Andrew McCutchen to load the bases. While Omar Narvaez was batting, and the count 0-1, the Mets trainer, Manager Buck Showalter, and Pitching Coach Jeremy Hefner went to check on him, and he was pulled from the game.

Tylor Megill exiting. Photo by Jason Schott.

In came the left-hander Chasen Shreve, and Nsrvaez got a two-run single to make it 3-1 Milwaukee, and then Renfroe bounced into a fielder's choice to bring in McCutchen and make it 4-1, and that closed the book on Megill, whose final line was: 3 1/3 innings pitched, 4 hits, 4 runs (all earned), 1 walk, 6 strikeouts.

Shreve then got Lorenzo Cain to ground out to end the inning, and he stayed on for the fifth, and notched two strikeouts.

The Mets got a run back in he fourth on a Tomas Nido RBI single, and in the fifth, Nick Plummer started it off with a walk, and then Canha launched a two-run shot to tie the game at four.

Ashby the got Brandon Nimmo to ground out, and the Milwaukee Manager Craig Counsell, Pitching Coach Walker McKiven, and the trainer came to look at him, and he left with an apparent injury. Ashby's final line was: 4 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 4 runs (all earned), three walks, five strikeouts.

Seth Lugo came on in the sixth, and pitched two shutout innings, in which he allowed just a hit and no walks, with four strikeouts. Drew Smith pitched the eighth, and worked around a pair of hits to keep the Brewers off the board.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Mets rallied against Brewers reliever Brent Suter, as J.D. Davis led off the inning with a single, then went to third on Tellez's error on a hit by Luis Guillorme. Starling Marte came in to run for Davis, and he came in to score when Plummer hit into a force out with the infield in, as Tellez threw to get Guillorme  at second, and since Adams had to work enough just to tag second, there was no chance to throw to first, and that made it 5-4 Mets.

Edwin Diaz came on for the ninth, and Renfroe led off with a single, and with one out, Tyrone Taylor doubled. Renfroe tried to come around and score, and first he was ruled safe at the plate, beating the throw from Plummer in left, but the Mets challenged, and he was ruled out.

Diaz then struck out Yelich to end it, earning his 13th save of the season. That capped a mixed night for Yelich, as he had the home run off Megill, but struck out three times.

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