Brewers Edge Mets 8-7 in Game One

After being rained out the last two nights, some luck allowed the two teams to actually play a game. Problem was, there was no such luck for Steve Trachsel. He allowed four home runs, ten hits, and seven runs in just four innings as the Milwaukee Brewers held off the Mets 8-7 on Thursday evening in game one of a doubleheader. Tony Clark hit a two-run homer in the ninth to narrow the lead to one.

Richie Sexson lead the Brewers' attack, going 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Eric Young, Scott Podsednik, Geoff Jenkins, and Royce Clayton also added at least one RBI in the victory. It was Milwaukee's first victory at Shea Stadium since Sept. 11, 2000.

The Brewers (23-34) got on the board in the bottom of the first after Richie Sexson doubled home Scott Podsednik. They got two more in the third on two solo home runs by Eric Young and Geoff Jenkins to grab and early 3-0 lead.

The Mets (26-31) gained the lead in their half of the third after Steve Trachsel singled and Roger Cedeno walked to put two runners aboard against Matt Kinney (4-4). Ty Wigginton -- who went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI -- hit a double into the left center gap that scored two runs. Cliff Floyd's single and an error by Scott Podsednik in center added two more runs for a 4-3 New York lead.

Steve Trachsel (4-3) gave it right back. After the first batter, Eddie Perez, was retired, Royce Clayton homered. Matt Kinney flew out, but Eric Young doubled before Scott Podsednik tripled to drive home a run. A two run homer by Sexson -- his eighteenth of the year -- extended the lead to three for the Brewers.

Milwaukee added a run in the seventh on a bases loaded walk by Pedro Feliciano to Royce Clayton. The Brewers shortstop hit .083 in eighty-four at bats during the month of May.

The Mets added a run in the fifth on Ty Wigginton's third homer of the year and two runs in the ninth on a homer by Tony Clark off Mike DeJean, who earned his thirteenth save of the season, to bring them within one.

Trachsel -- who had come away with a win in his last four starts -- had his worst and shortest outing of the season. He surrendered ten hits, four home runs, and seven runs in just four innings of work.

Rookie Jeremy Griffiths, making his first major league appearance, pitched two scoreless innings and Pedro Feliciano allowed one run over three innings to close out the contest.

Brewers' starter Matt Kinney allowed seven hits and four earned runs while walking two and fanning one. It was his first career win against the Mets after losing his first start against them on May 4.

Valerio de los Santos and Leo Estrella pitched two innings and didn't allow a run before Mike DeJean closed it out.

Notes
Milwaukee released injury-plagued OF Jeffrey Hammonds on Wednesday. He signed signed a three-year, $21.75 million deal two seasons ago, the richest in Brewers' history... RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder) and RHP Scott Strickland (elbow) are both expected to have season ending surgery... C Eddie Perez, the 1999 NLCS MVP, came into the came hitting .371 (13-for-35) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in his last 10 games... The last time the Mets had been rained out on two consecutive days at Shea Stadium was May 9-10, 1998, against St. Louis...


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