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