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Brewers end season with a 3-2 loss to the Mets

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The Milwaukee Brewers ended their season by blowing an eighth-inning lead yesterday, losing to the Mets in New York 3-to-2. The Crew was up 2-1 when Jonathan Lucroy made a throwing error on a bunt by Juan Centano -- and Juan Lagares tied the game by scoring all the way from first. The Mets then had runners at the corners when Eric Young Junior hit a slow-rolling groundout to first that scored the game-winner. Brandon Kintzler took the loss and fell to 3-and-3. It ruined another strong performance by Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada. He struck out eight in seven innings, giving up a run on two hits. Estrada went 3-and-0 in his final nine starts with a two-point-one-five E-R-A. He went 7-and-4 for the year, and he's up for salary arbitration this winter. Vic Black got the win with a scoreless inning of relief. He improved to 3-and-0. The Brewers scored both their runs in the fourth inning with the help of a questionable call. Replays showed that Sean Halton grounded into an inning-ending double play -- but he was called safe at first instead of out, which scored the first run. Logan Schafer then hit an R-B-I single. The Brewers won 12-of-their-last-17, but they ended up fourth in the National League Central at 74-and-88.

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Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke said it was not good that he used 125 starting lineup combinations in his 162 games. Roenicke said a manager needs to have pieces in certain places -- and when they're not there, it's a scramble to insert other pieces to make the lineup the way it should be. A nearly constant rash of injuries hurt Roenicke's lineups this year, as did Ryan Braun's drug suspension. The Brewers only had three players in their final lineup of nine yesterday -- outfielders Carlos Gomez and Norichika Aoki, and catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Roenicke said a team that finishes the season with something close to its Opening Day lineup will probably have a good year. 

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 
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