The Mets pulled out a crucial victory on Tuesday night, defeating the Brewers at Citi Field, 6-2. Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed six strong innings to earn the win. Meanwhile, Taylor Teagarden ingratiated himself with his new teammates, putting the game out of reach with a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Daniel Murphy accounted for the opening runs of the game after driving his fifth home run of the year over the wall in right field and giving the Mets a 2-0 lead in the third inning. The Brewers answered back quickly with an RBI double from Lyle Overbay in the fourth. Milwaukee's biggest threat came in the eighth inning following an RBI double by former Met, Carlos Gomez. With runners on second and third with one out, Jeurys Familia successfully navigated the inning by striking out Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis consecutively. Jenrry Mejia finished out the game and officially put an end to the Mets' six game slide.
The biggest blow of the game was delivered by the newest Met. In the bottom of the sixth with two outs, Taylor Teagarden drove an elevated 1-2 fastball from Marco Estrada over the right field fence for a grand slam. Having batted .279 with 8 home runs in Triple-A Las Vegas while splitting time behind the plate with Juan Centeno, Teagarden was called up to replace the struggling Travis d'Arnaud. A former prospect of the Texas Rangers, Teagarden burst onto the scene in 2008, hitting .319 with 6 home runs in only 16 games. However, he could not replicate that success going forward and has since only managed to produce a .193 average as a big league hitter with 14 homers. While the 30-year old catcher certainly does not fit into the organization's long term plans, Teagarden's contributions on Tuesday were sorely needed. Tonight was his first game back in the majors since August 30th of last year with the Baltimore Orioles.
Daisuke Matzusaka left the game at 100 pitches after being struck in the leg by a Carlos Gomez line drive. Following the game, Dice-K spoke to MLB reporter Anthony DiComo about his leg, "Right now it's not too bad, but it should start swelling up by tomorrow." Despite the scare, Matsuzaka is expected to make his next scheduled start.
Tomorrow the Mets look to take the three game series against Milwaukee with Jacob deGrom (0-2, 3.19 ERA) seeking his first big league win against Wily Peralta (5-5, 3.03 ERA). First pitch is slated for 7:10 pm at Citi Field.
• Taylor Teagarden became only the second Met to ever hit a grand slam in his debut with the team. The other? Collin Cowgill, the opening day starting centerfielder for the Amazin’s in 2013.
• Tuesday’s victory marks only the second time this season that the Mets managed to score 5 runs at home in a regulation game. The other came on April 5th when they defeated the Reds 6-3.