As the wind gusts picked up at Citi Field on Saturday and the temperatures dropped, the Mets bats froze.
They managed just three hits throughout the game as Brewers pitchers Chase Anderson, Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader stifled the Mets to hand them their second loss of the season in a 5-1 defeat.
The Mets struck out a total of 10 times and had a runner in scoring position just twice the entire game as they failed to pose any kind of threat to the Brewers at the plate.
Afterward they just chalked it up to good pitching.
“Tip your cap to their pitchers tonight,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “They pitched a hell of a game.”
Anderson took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before allowing a two-out single to Amed Rosario. An inning later he allowed an RBI bloop single to Yoenis Cespedes, but was never in any real danger, holding the Mets to two hits over 6.1 innings while striking out five.
Jay Bruce, who went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, said Anderson was so effective because he was getting ahead in the count.
“He didn’t make a lot of mistakes,” he said. “Got ahead and just kept us off balance. He pitched a nice game.”
Anderson was also the second pitcher this week to flirt with a no-hitter against the Mets.
Marlins pitcher Jarlin Garcia had a no-hitter through six innings against the Mets on Wednesday before he was pulled from the game by manager Don Mattingly after 77 pitches.
The Mets managed to get to the Marlins bullpen and come back to win the game, 4-1, but no such comeback was in the cards this time.
Jeffress and Hader combined for 2.2 scoreless innings in relief of Anderson, with Hader striking out five consecutive batters in the eighth and ninth innings to put an end to the Mets’ nine-game winning streak.
“He was pretty nasty,” said Callaway.
Despite the poor performance from the lineup, Bruce said the team feels confident they can still come back and does not believe this is a sign of things to come.
“We have a deep, professional lineup that takes quality at bats and there isn’t really an easy out I don’t think,” he said. “I definitely think we’ll continue to show that throughout the rest of the season.”
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