Mets make Brewers pay for mistakes

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MILWAUKEE -- Sure, the New York Mets had a little help on Friday night at Miller Park.
The Milwaukee Brewers got a rocky start from a young right-hander, committed three errors and stumbled on the base paths; but the New York offense had plenty to do with the Mets' 12-5 victory, finishing with 14 hits and eight walks.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Ike Davis led the charge for New York. Nieuwenhuis went 4-for-4 with five RBI and two walks to become the first Mets player to reach base six times in a nine-inning game since Mike Piazza in May 2000.
"I don't know if I've ever done that at any level," Nieuwenhuis said. "It felt great; it was a good night. I just felt relaxed at the plate."
Including Nieuwenhuis, four New York players had at least two hits. Davis, who was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas earlier in the day, went 3-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored.
A majority of the Mets' base runners came against Milwaukee starter Johnny Hellweg, who struggled with control in his second major league start.
Only three of the seven runs scored against him were earned, but Hellweg allowed seven hits and five walks during his 93-pitch, 3 2/3-inning outing.
Eric Young opened the game with a single and gave New York a 1-0 lead on Nieuwenhuis' bases-loaded walk. Juan Lagares made it 2-0 when he reached on a fielder's choice that scored David Wright before Hellweg worked out of it.
Milwaukee tied the score in the bottom of the inning, but an error by Jean Segura set the stage for a three-run second by the Mets, who took a 5-2 lead on Nieuwenhuis' two-run single.
Hellweg (0-2) worked around a two-out single in the third but again struggled in the fourth when the Mets added two runs thanks to another Milwaukee error before Tyler Thornburg came on in relief of Hellweg.
"That's baseball," Hellweg said. "You want to be able to get yourself out of that. Not everything is going to go your way every time, so I have to be prepared for the worst and deal with it when it comes."
In three appearances spanning 6 1/3 innings since being called up June 26, Hellweg has given up 16 runs (nine earned), 15 hits and eight walks with just two strikeouts.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke wasn't sure whether or not Hellweg, who was acquired last July from the Angels in the Zack Greinke trade, would remain in Milwaukee's rotation moving forward.
"We'll talk about what we're going to do," Roenicke said. "I think this guy is going to be a good major league pitcher, but we have to get that command issue straightened out and we have to play better behind him."
New York starter Zack Wheeler held Milwaukee to three runs, seven hits and a walk in five innings, winning for the second time in four big league starts.
"I had to battle out there," Wheeler said. "I can't throw 20 pitches in an inning, but at least I had a good ending in the fifth. I'm feeling more comfortable each time out."
The Brewers got a run in the fourth on a home run by Juan Francisco and added one in the seventh on Carlos Gomez's RBI double. But they stranded eight runners in the game and had two runners thrown out at home plate and another at third.
In the first, Segura was caught on the relay from Omar Quinanilla trying to score from first on Carlos Gomez's RBI double. Norichika Aoki was caught at home on a botched double-steal attempt in the third that put Gomez at second and after his RBI double in the seventh, Gomez was caught trying to stretch it into a triple.
Roenicke didn't mind the aggressive mindset and took the blame for the third-inning gaffe.
"I didn't communicate the play well enough. Sometimes, the communication can't be there in a game and I should have realized that," said Roenicke, whose team has lost eight of its last 10. "We sure didn't play well today. We didn't pitch well today. We didn't play well defensively today. We swung the bats OK. I messed up, too, on a play. So nothing went right today."
Josh Edgin picked up his first save of the season, closing with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
NOTES: Milwaukee's 61 errors are second most in the National League. ... The Mets designated Brandon Lyon for assignment and recalled RHP Greg Burke from Triple-A Las Vegas. They also recalled Davis from Las Vegas and optioned Gonzalez Coleman. Davis was in the starting lineup Friday night, batting cleanup. ... Milwaukee got some optimistic news about a number of injured plays, including Ryan Braun, who is expected to take batting practice on Saturday as he works his way back from a hand injury that has sidelined him since June 10. RHP Nelson Figaro is progressing well after an oblique strain and could return sometime this weekend. Wily Peralta, who left his last start with a tweaked hamstring, threw a bullpen session on Friday and reported no issues.

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