Some you give away. On Friday night, the Milwaukee Brewers gave a game away to the New York Mets with a comedy of errors. The Brewers committed three errors, two by third baseman Aramis Ramirez and one by shortstop Jean Segura, allowing the Mets to score four unearned runs, which gave them a lead that Milwaukee couldn’t overcome.
It wasn’t just an unlucky night in the field that did in the Brewers, there were several mental errors as well that were just as costly as the physical errors. At times, Milwaukee’s infield had no idea how to handle simple ground balls, as they misplayed balls, threw to the wrong base, and didn’t capitalize on opportunities to record easy outs. The errors piled up so much, and in such a short period of time, that the usually friendly crowd at Miller Park actually started booing the home team at one point. Booing the home team is almost unheard of in Milwaukee.
Starting pitcher Johnny Hellweg, one of Milwaukee’s top prospects, didn’t make things easy on his defense. He walked five and struck out none, which put a lot of pressure on the defense behind him to bail him out. Hellweg actually committed the most egregious mental error of the night, turning what should have been an easy double play into a situation in which no outs were recorded and the bases were loaded.
It wasn’t just defensive errors that cost the Brewers; they also made mistakes on the base paths. On two separate occasions, a Milwaukee base runner was thrown out at home plate, while later in the game Carlos Gomez was thrown out at third base while trying to stretch a double into a triple. These ill-advised decisions on the base paths cost the Brewers runs that could have kept them within striking distance later in the game.
All the errors by the Brewers, both physical and mental, showcased why Milwaukee sits at the bottom of the NL Central standings. The mistakes also overshadowed a promising return to MLB by Ike Davis, a terrific game by Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and an erratic but successful start by Zack Wheeler.
The Brewers did plenty of good things during the game, and by no means did they quit. But ultimately they made too many mistakes to overcome, and handed the Mets an easy win.