Brewers 8, Mets 7, 1st game; Brewers 5, Mets 3, 2nd game
NEW YORK (AP)—Mets manager Art Howe found himself in a familiar position— talking about another injured pitcher.
This time it was his ace, Tom Glavine.
Milwaukee scored four times in the first off Glavine before he left with inflammation in his elbow, and Ben Sheets pitched seven sharp innings as the Brewers beat New York 5-3 Thursday to complete a doubleheader sweep.
“We’re having a little difficulty there as of late,” Howe said of his staff, which has four pitchers on the disabled list. “I’ve been saying that quite a lot. We just have to go forward.”
“I don’t care a whole lot about what went on before,” Brewers first-year manager Ned Yost said. “We came in here after a good series in San Diego and a good series in Los Angeles. We wanted to keep that going.”
Glavine allowed four runs in a 51-pitch first inning, then gave up a double to Scott Podsednik to start the second. After Glavine went 2-0 on Sexson, catcher Vance Wilson went to the mound, said something to the pitcher and looked to the dugout.
Howe, trainer Scott Lawrenson and pitching coach Vern Ruhle went to the mound and ended Glavine’s shortest start since he didn’t get an out on May 19, 1989, for Atlanta against the Chicago Cubs. He will be re-evaluated Friday.
“I saw him grimace on his last pitch and said ‘Let’s go and get him,”’ Howe said.
Howe thinks Glavine might have to miss a start, but Glavine can’t remember ever missing a turn in his 16-plus seasons and is hopeful that this won’t be the first.
“The DL is not an option right now,” Glavine said. “In my mind I’m concerned about it right now, I’m not concerned about it long term.”
Losing Glavine for any period would be devastating to the Mets, who also have Pedro Astacio, Mike Stanton, Grant Roberts and Scott Strickland on the disabled list. Astacio will likely have right shoulder surgery next Tuesday.
Glavine (5-6) allowed five runs, four hits and five walks—one intentional in one-plus innings.
John Franco pitched an inning of relief, becoming only the eighth pitcher to make 1,000th career appearances.
Sheets (6-4 ) retired the first nine batters he faced and went more than seven innings for the third consecutive start.
“I think I threw the ball well tonight but I might have come out too aggressive,” Sheets said. “I felt a little out of rhythm.”
A diving catch by right fielder Brady Clark with two outs and runners on first and third in the fifth helped preserve his first win over New York in three tries.
In seven innings, he gave up six hits and three runs with three strikeouts and a walk. Sheets has won four of five decisions.
“Ben Sheets was really firing, throwing strikes.” Yost said. “He was tough to hit tonight and I thought he had a good curveball.”
Jenkins had four hits in the second game, including a run-scoring single off Pat Strange in the second inning that made the score 5-0.
After Rey Sanchez got New York’s first hit to leadoff the fourth inning, Ty Wigginton hit a two-run homer to become the first Mets player to homer in both games of a doubleheader since Robin Ventura hit two grand slams against the Brewers on May 20, 1999.
Wigginton went a combined 5-for-9 with six RBIs and four runs scored for New York.
Steve Trachsel (4-3) lasted a season-low four innings, and he tied a career worst by giving up the four homers in the first game.
Matt Kinney (4-4) allowed five runs—four earned—and seven hits in sixinnings.
The doubleheader came after the first two games of the series were rained out. … The Brewers are 6-2 on their roadtrip. … Milwaukee last swept a doubleheader on the road on July 5, 1992, at Kansas City. … Mets relief pitcher Jeremy Griffiths made his major league debut in the first game. … Young’s streak of 12 straight steals ended in the sixth inning of the second game. … In his 13th season as a manager, Howe is 1,018-982. He was also with Houston and Oakland. … Roberto Alomar went 0-for-6 in his first games backsince sitting out two games last weekend because of a strained hip flexor.