It’s oversimplifying things to say that Milwaukee Brewers starter Marco Estrada made just two mistakes Tuesday night in a 6-2 loss to the New York Mets.
He made two big mistakes along with a lot of little ones, surrendering two more home runs, including a sixth-inning grand slam that put things out of reach at Citi Field.
Estrada (5-3) served up his first long ball in the third inning when Daniel Murphy belted a two-out, two-run homer.
Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Estrada walked the bases loaded with two outs, but had Taylor Teagarden in a 1-2 hole at the plate.
But Estrada’s 1-2 offering caught far too much of the outside corner and Teagarden—making his debut for the Mets (29-35) after being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas Saturday—took it the other way for a grand slam just beyond Ryan Braun in right field.
Estrada has surrendered 20 home runs this season, the most in baseball, and has served up at least one in each of his last 10 starts.
For Teagarden, it was his first homer in the big leagues since last June 22 at Toronto, when he was with the Baltimore Orioles.
The Brewers (38-27) had a chance to get a season-best 13 games over .500 with a win, but instead fell to 3-3 on their current eight-game road trip.
But Overbay was then guilty of a classic Brewers TOOTBLAN (thrown out on the bases line a nincompoop) when he attempted to advance to third on a hard grounder to shortstop Ruben Tejada, who flipped the ball to third baseman David Wright to get the not-so-speedy Overbay by … a lot.
Matsuzaka pitched like it was 2008 again, when he was 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA for the Boston Red Sox. The 33-year-old right-hander allowed only three hits and three walks in six innings, striking out five.
He left after the sixth, shortly after he was struck in the buttocks by a Gomez liner.
Estrada allowed only four hits in six innings, but was hit with all six runs as he also walked four while striking out five.
Fiers allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless seventh. Zach Duke worked a perfect eighth, striking out one.
Overbay was 2-for-4, the only Brewer in the revamped lineup with more than one hit.
Jean Segura was dropped from the leadoff spot to eighth, with Gennett moving into the No. 1 hole.