Home / Sports / Mets' offense erupts behind Flores in 14-1 rout of Brewers

Mets' offense erupts behind Flores in 14-1 rout of Brewers

Get Adobe Flash player

METS 14, BREWERS 1

The rain that fell at Citi Field made for an excellent backdrop on Saturday night. The Mets were in a drought. They unleashed a downpour on the Brewers.

For five days the Mets did nothing but lose amid slumbering bats, outdueled pitching, suspect fielding and injuries that tested their depth. It felt like everything that could go wrong would, and did. But on this night before 30,208, everything went right for the Mets as they halted the losing streak at five games with a 14-1 beatdown.

Wilmer Flores changed the subject from his error-prone fielding with a grand slam, and Jacob deGrom turned the page on a run of three disappointing appearances in four starts with six innings of one run ball — to go with a 3-for-3 night at the plate — as the Mets pulled out of their nose-dive in time to hold on to first place in NL East.

“We needed it in a lot of ways, first to get back in the win column and second to wake the bats up,” Terry Collins said.

“Anytime you hit a homer, it’s a good feeling, but in the situation we were in, it felt really good,” said Flores, whose six homers have him tied for the lead among big-league shortstops. “You don’t want to do bad. But when you do good? That’s what you’re here for.”

Flores’ grand slam was the big blast in an epic 10-run fourth inning that made the outcome academic. It also included back-to-back two-run doubles by Michael Cuddyer and Daniel Murphy, two hits by deGrom and a run-scoring single by Eric Campbell, who was called up to replace Dilson Herrera, who went on the DL with a fractured right middle finger.

How epic was it? Over 32 minutes the Mets sent 15 batters to the plate and got nine hits. The 10 runs equaled all the runs they had scored over the losing streak. It was only the fourth time in franchise history the Mets had scored 10 or more runs in an inning and the first time since they plated 11 on July 16, 2006 in the sixth inning against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

“The line was moving. That’s what happened,” said Flores, who batted in the No. 9 spot in the order as Collins used the pitcher in the No. 8 hole for a third time this season. “We finally woke up.”

Collins was looking for someone to get on base in front of his best hitters at the top of the lineup, and despite Flores’ position as the team’s home run leader, went with him. “It’s not like he’s Giancarlo Stanton,” Collins said, adding that it wasn’t a penalty.

According to STATS, it was the first time the Mets had put their top home run hitter in the last spot of the batting order since April 30, 1967, when pitcher Don Cardwell hit there while in a seven-way tie for the team homer lead with one.

DeGrom was a two-way star on Saturday, and while he said getting three hits — including a run-scoring single in the second to break a scoreless tie — “was a lot of fun,” he was prouder of his pitching. After four starts in which he went 1-3 with a 5.64 ERA, he allowed the one run on five hits and a walk while striking out six. He improved to 4-4 and lowered his ERA to 3.21.

“Teams are going to go through bad stretches, but to come out like we did tonight is a big deal for us,” he said.

The outburst didn’t cease with the one big inning either. The Mets scored three more runs in the seventh via the longball. Kevin Plawecki hit a solo homer to left and Curtis Granderson added a two-run blast to right, his third hit of a night when his team finished with 16.

While all the Mets had to feel some measure of relief, it was especially so for Flores, who had made errors in the previous two games to raise his total to nine on the season and turn up volume on the debate over his viability as the shortstop.

“It’s got to help him,” Collins said. “All the decisions, a lot of them were wrapped around our thinking he’s going to hit and he’s going to put up big offensive numbers. . . . When you’re out there and you’re supposed to hit and you’re not hitting and have a couple rough defensive games, you really say, ‘I’ve got to start hitting, I’ve got to start hitting.’

“Tonight he showed what he’s capable of: having a big night offensively.”

This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.

Daily News – Sports

About

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

one × 3 =

Read previous post:
ExtremeTalk: Is virtual reality the next big thing in PC gaming?

Share This article Today’s ExtremeTalk is brought to you by the recent unveil of the Oculus Rift VR’s formal hardware...

Close