Milwaukee–For the New York Mets, the playoff was definitely worth celebrating. Even if they still had bigger goals on the table in the middle of a heated Pennant race.
Max Scherzer Pulled from his 200th win with a perfect game intact, the Mets snatched their first trip to the postseason in six years by defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 Monday night.
Reclaimed from the injured list before the match, Scherzer scored nine goals in six runs. The 38-year-old ace made only 68 throws, but that was as much as the NL East leaders let him go on his first start in 16 days.
beer star Christian Willich Leading doubled from the seventh against Taylor Miguel, in his first major league appearance after 27 games. Miguel was also removed from the list of injured earlier today.
Alonso’s house Homer hit three times by NL Cy Young winner Corbin Burns (10-8), and the Mets won their fifth in a row to wrap up at least one of the three wild cards in the National League. They top their division by one game over world champions Atlanta, which beat Washington 5-2 at home.
“That’s what you’re playing for,” said Scherzer (200-101) who joined in. Justin Verlander (243 wins) and Zack Greene (223) as the only active bowler to have won 200 careers. “You play to get into the post-season. There are so many ways it doesn’t work. For us to be able to find a way to get into the post-season, that’s great. That’s what we celebrate. That’s what you play in the game for.
“We have a lot of things ahead of us. We understand that. But you have to celebrate the good times too.”
Mets players and coaches cuddled and embraced the atmosphere of the stadium after the final, then enjoyed a boisterous but muted celebration at the club.
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“This is just the first step. I have high expectations,” said owner Stephen Cohen, who was wearing a Mets hat, after giving his post-game address to the team. “If we can win the degree, that would be great. Obviously Atlanta is a great team, they will probably fall back, and then we will see what happens in the playoffs. I think this is a team that can really go far.”
It’s the 10th post-season appearance in the series’ 61-season history, and the first since the Mets lost to San Francisco in a 2016 NL wild game.
“We understand that this is not the end goal, but it is part of our destiny,” Shortstop Francis Lindor He said.
The Mets players took a group photo and selfie on the field after the match. At the club, Scherzer carried a bottle of Ace of Spades champagne while drinking from a paper cup.
“It’s a mature group that is enjoying and staying in right now,” said Buck Showalter, the Mets’ first-year manager.
Scherzer was reactivated on Monday after recovering from the left tilted irritation. “We’re not going to get too deep with Max physically,” Showalter said before the game on his first major start to the league since September 3.
We understand that this is not the end goal, but it is part of our destiny.”
Mets SS Francisco Lindor
Scherzer sprinted to the pile before each run. He often had the ball in his hand before most of his teammates got out of the bunker.
The smiling Scherzer received a adorable round of mates from his teammates when he returned to the bunker after the sixth, indicating that he was done with the night.
“Our chemistry is second to none,” said Alonso, who headed to the playoffs for the first time in his career.
Scherzer came off his previous start with exhaustion on his left side and went to IL with a slanting irritation. It was also included in the list of those infected with a left tilted strain in May and was activated on July 5.
“It didn’t give us a lot of pitches to hit,” said Craig Konsell, director of Brewers. “A lot of the hits we got ahead. We didn’t do anything against him.”
It was Scherzer’s fourth perfect show in six innings, and it’s the most relevant in the expansion era (since 1961).
There have now been 3,687 days without a perfect game in the majors, the longest in a 13-year drought from 1968 to 1981 (4,755 days). Felix Hernandez was the last to throw one on August 15, 2012.
The loss put Milwaukee 8 games behind first-placed St. Louis in NL Central and 2½ again Philadelphia for the NL’s third wild card. The Brewers won two of their three games against the Yankees in Milwaukee over the weekend.
With one exit in fourth, Burns gave up back-to-back singles before Alonso hit a 1-2-foot lead in his 36th home run to lead New York to a 3-0 lead.
Alonso leads the 118 of the NL RBIs.
Previous Mets players to hit back-to-back triples were Jose Reyes and Jason Bay in April 2010.
Rudy Telles Homer’s two-stroke hit from Megill at seven, thirty-second.
It was the Mets’ first win in Milwaukee since May 2018. They have lost their last nine road games to the Brewers, and 14 of their last 15 games.
“Lots of blood, sweat and tears flowed into this. So many years of hard work trying to get to this point,” Nemo said of reaching the playoffs. “It was a bit of a drought… We’re excited to celebrate and enjoy that.”
Information from ESPN Stats & Information and the Associated Press was used in this report.