Time is running short for the Brewers as Taylor Rogers implodes in another huge loss for the Mets

Time is running short for the Brewers as Taylor Rogers implodes in another huge loss for the Mets

The Milwaukee Brewers’ Sisyphean run through the 2022 season rolls on.

Ahead 4-0 with one out in the sixth and a chance to gain ground in the National League wild card race, the Brewers’ pitching staff was on a roll, setting up a finish with their favored bullpen.

Instead, Brad Boxberger and Taylor Rogers surrendered back-to-back home runs, the latter of which was a grand slam by Francisco Lindor, to send the Brewers to a 7-5 victory at American Family Field on Tuesday night.

Milwaukee’s playoff hopes are still alive, but they are definitely slipping away.

“Obviously, we’ve got to get it right,” said shortstop Willy Adames, who did everything he could to get the win with four hits and two runs batted in.

Box score: Mets 7, Brewers 5

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The Brewers, with a win, had a chance to pull within 1½ games of the Philadelphia Phillies for the final wild card spot. For much of the night, it looked like they were going to do just that.

The three-run second inning featured RBI hits from Andrew McCutchen, Omar Narvaez and Willy Adames. Kolten Wong made it 4-0 in the fifth with a two-run single to score Adames.

Aaron Ashby returned from the injured list and jump-started a bullpen game with two scoreless innings, stranding the bases loaded in the first.

The combination of Ashby, Peter Strzelecki and Hoby Milner combined to retire 14 consecutive hitters when Milner was struck out in the top of the sixth after going 1⅔ innings.

“Definitely, the game went the way we hoped it could go (through that point),” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Strzelecki and Hoby, Ash, all did great, great jobs. We got three guys out in the sixth inning and that’s about as much as we could have hoped for.”

Sovereignty quickly devolved into a nightmare.

Boxberger struck out the first batter he faced and then allowed a groundout single by Francisco Lindor that went over the glove of Rowdy Tellez at first base. Pete Alonso followed with a towering three-run homer to center, his second in as many nights, to cut the lead to 4-3 before Boxberger even recorded an out.

Rogers, considered a critical reason the Brewers felt comfortable enough to trade away Josh Hader because they believed he could serve as an effective late-inning left-hander, relieved Boxberger with one out in the seventh and one out. person on.

He walked Darin Ruf. Then James McCann. Then Brandon Nimmo.

Twelve balls and three strikes.

“I went through the whole encyclopedia,” Rogers said of his efforts to resolve mid-tour ordering problems.

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Rogers grounded out to Mark Canha for second but dropped a first-pitch fastball that was up in the zone and took a chunk of the plate – as well as the fat of Lindor’s bat. The ball carried 413 feet out to left field, resulting in a smattering of boos that were overshadowed by a “Let’s go Mets” chant from the visiting faithful sitting above the third-base dugout.

“There’s just no excuse for it,” Rogers said. “You can say new place, new catchers, new things all, but you must keep the ball in the yard. I was not doing that.”

Rogers has a 6.63 earned run average since the Brewers acquired him in exchange for Hader, who had a string of really poor outings in his own right. Hader has a 10.97 ERA with the Padres, blowing one save and picking up another loss, but has pitched six straight scoreless outings with four saves.

Rogers’ time with the Brewers has been punctuated by three blown outings and homers still in his wake. Rogers has allowed six long balls since joining Milwaukee, a stark contrast to the one he gave up over 42 games in San Diego – a stat Rogers himself later mentioned, by accident, knock on wood, in his first interview with the media as a Brewer.

“I have no explanation for that,” Counsell said. “I don’t think we’ve got one for that. It’s definitely confusing.”

Rogers’ outings hurt Milwaukee. He has accumulated an overall winning percentage of -.883, which means that his performances in the context cost almost one expected victory; Overall, Hader hurt San Diego but to a lesser extent with a WPA of -.594 entering the day.

Between the actual results on the field, the confusion of the clubhouse he worked with and Dinelson Lamet playing well since being designated for assignment two days after being acquired, the trade has not gone as the Brewers had hoped. At best, it lacks positive results. At worst, it has regressed significantly.

Still, the Brewers had a chance to rally in the bottom of the seventh, bringing the tying run to the plate with two outs. They pinch hit for Keston Hiura, who has a .944 OPS against righthanded pitchers this year, against righty reliever Trevor May with lefthanded hitter Jace Peterson. Peterson struck out.

Counsell pointed to the reverse splits as a consideration to keep Hiura, who was 0 for 2 for the game and entered the day just 2 in his last 22 at-bats, but ultimately went with Peterson. The recent at-bats have been a factor, Counsell said. Peterson, however, only had 3 years for his last 21.

The Brewers countered with Adames’ RBI single in the eighth, which brought Tellez to the plate as the tying run but struck out as New York closer Edwin Díaz, who blew out the candle with ease in the bottom the ninth. .

The loss was the latest in a string of huge losses over the past month for Milwaukee.

All three led to a sweep in Pittsburgh just after the trade deadline. The one-run losses in a row at Wrigley Field, including the one fumbled away when Christian Yelich muffed an exchange on a pop flight, in late August. The extra-inning loss for the Cubs a week later when Chicago had only two hits. The lead blown 6-1 eighth inning in Colorado in early September. And, then, on Tuesday night it happened.

The intensity of the game aside, the most important thing is simple: it was a loss. The Brewers can hardly afford many more of those.

Not only do they have to make up the 2½ games they trail the Phillies in the standings, but fight another game to do so because there is no tiebreaker between the teams.

“Yeah, I mean, there’s a lot of frustration,” Ashby said. “It’s going down to the end of this thing and we have to start putting some games together. I don’t think there’s any better time to get hot than now. Everyone wants to plug away. No just a few things for the Don’t go our way. It doesn’t look like it’s going our way right now.”

With 14 games left, time is running thin. The Phillies (or Padres, though that seems less likely these days) will need a collapse, a two-week stretch of play at a level Milwaukee hasn’t displayed since mid-May, or both.

Since then, not necessarily the Brewers bad. But they certainly weren’t good. They have gone 46-52 since going off to the hottest 50 game start in franchise history. It has been insipidly mediocre.

Among the main reasons for that was his display against New York. A pitching staff that is expected to be run-of-the-mill elite, enters Tuesday’s game with the 17th-best earned run average in baseball. Time and time again, Milwaukee has needed its pitching to spark an extended winning run and it has yet to be found.

Injuries to the starting rotation, played a role in the underwhelming dynamics of the Brewers pitching season, but even then, the front office touted to strengthen the bullpen at the trade deadline. Since then, Brewers relievers are 20th in MLB in earned run average. The team has lost 24 hours since August 3; nine of those have come when the offense scored five or more runs, including Tuesday.

However, with the Phillies and Padres unable to pull away in the wild-card race, largely treading their own water over the past month, Milwaukee is still alive. Philadelphia is 15-15 in the last 30 games; San Diego is 20-20 over its last 40. Neither team seems intent on pulling away from the pack, as evidenced by the Phillies allowing 18 runs in Tuesday’s loss.

“We’re in this thing,” Counsell declared. “We’re in this thing and we’ve got to win games. That’s the bottom line. There’s going to be another disappointing loss. There’s going to be nights where we don’t succeed. We’re there. This is a great opportunity for the last two weeks of the season.”

But it doesn’t matter if the Brewers continue to roll that boulder uphill, never taking advantage of the opportunities in front of them, never reaching the top.

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