The Brewers won't know for months if they're going to participate
in the playoffs for only the fifth time in the franchise's 46-season
history, but Roenicke hopes games such as Wednesday's 3-1 victory
over the New York Mets at Citi Field provide the foundation for the
Brewers' first trip to the postseason since they reached the
National League Championship Series in 2011.
The Brewers won on a night in which they stranded 11 runners, had
two more thrown out trying to advance and had just one run-scoring
hit leave the infield.
And in an arrangement straight out of the October playbook, Roenicke
used three pitchers -- right-handed starter Wily Peralta,
left-hander Zach Duke and right-hander Rob Wooten -- to get three
outs in the seventh before turning to his top two relievers,
left-hander Will Smith and right-hander Francisco Rodriguez, in the
eighth and ninth.
"I always talk about those games that we need to win and we've got
to win," Roenicke said. "I know I used four guys there, probably
could have gone with Wily longer, could have gone with Duke longer.
There's some things I could have done, but I wanted to win this
Roenicke was especially adamant about not wasting a tremendous
defensive performance by the Brewers. Shortstop Jean Segura robbed
the Mets of two hits with diving stops and first baseman Mark
Reynolds ended the game by leaping to his right to snare a
broken-bat liner off the bat of Mets right fielder Bobby Abreu.
"Yes, we didn't add on a couple runs that we could have, but I
thought we played really well," Roenicke said. "When we play that
type of ball, I don't want to lose that game."
The win improved the Brewers to 39-27 -- the best record in team
history through 66 games.
"I think it's something to be proud of, considering some of the
teams we've had in our history," said catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who
continued his torrid hitting by going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles
and an RBI groundout.
Milwaukee also expanded its lead in the NL Central to five games by
virtue of St. Louis' loss to Tampa Bay. The Brewers have been in
first place for 77 days this season. The only two division champions
in franchise history, the 1982 and 2011 teams, spent 89 and 100 days
in first place, respectively.
"For our guys to play the way they have, I think that says a lot
about our team and our makeup," Lucroy said. "Hopefully we can
continue to play this way down the stretch."
Lucroy's RBI grounder to short tied the game in the second inning.
Segura's RBI single in the third gave the Brewers the lead and
center fielder Carlos Gomez had an infield RBI single in the fourth
Lucroy's eighth three-hit game of the season -- and his 25th
multi-hit game -- raised his average to .341, second in the National
League behind only Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki (.356). Gomez and
second baseman Scooter Gennett had two hits apiece.
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Peralta allowed just the one run on four hits and one walk while
striking out three over 6 1/3 innings. He left immediately after the
game to board a flight to his native Dominican Republic to tend to a
family matter. The Brewers said he will return to the team this
weekend and will not miss his next scheduled start.
Lucroy said he was particularly impressed with Peralta's effort
given that he was dealing with a personal matter.
"I don't think I could do that with stuff like that on my mind,"
Lucroy said. "Pretty tough."
Rodriguez, a former Mets closer, earned his 20th save with a perfect
The Mets (29-26) lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Center fielder Curtis Granderson reached base three times in four
plate appearances -- via a walk, double and single -- and scored the
Mets' only run on first baseman Lucas Duda's second-inning sacrifice
Rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom (0-3) took the loss after giving up
three runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out four in 5
2/3 innings. He is 0-3 in six starts despite a 3.44 ERA.
"One of these days, we are going to get that big hit for him and
he'll get that win," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
NOTES: Before the game, the Mets activated RHP Gonzalez Germen from
the 15-day disabled list. Germen hasn't pitched since May 5 because
of a virus and an abscess. The Mets made room for Germen by
optioning LHP Scott Rice to Triple-A Las Vegas after Tuesday's 6-2
win. ... Mets RHP Dillon Gee (strained right lat) is scheduled to
throw off a mound this weekend for the first time since going on the
disabled list May 14. ... Manager Ron Roenicke said he wasn't sure
what the Brewers' plans were for LHP Tom Gorzelanny, whose 30-day
rehab assignment ends Thursday. Gorzelanny has missed the entire
season recovering from offseason surgery on his left shoulder. ...
The Brewers were 38-28 through 66 games just three times in the
franchise's first 45 seasons (1978, 1981, 2011).
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