The New York Mets were defeated by the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 Friday night. A game that looked like it might be spectacular turned into a nightmare ninth inning, as the struggling Brewers beat the Mets in walk-off fashion.

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Initial Reaction:

Johan Santana matched up against Yovani Gallardo in the opener of the three-game set. It was the most incredible pitching matchup I’ve seen in a long time. The spotlight was all on Santana and Gallardo, until the ninth when Corey Hart hit a walk-off two run homerun off Ryoto Igarashi.

Watching it end like that felt like being punched in the stomach. I mean, the Mets had won five straight games, and especially after Johan’s pitching, Mets fans expected that streak to continue. Unfortunately, all that matters is the end result, and we still couldn’t show we could win/hit on the road. Now the rest of the series rides on two question marks–Fernando Nieve and R.A. Dickey.

Positives From The Game:

The Ace: All eyes were on Johan Santana, as he went 8 shutout innings, allowing only three hits and two walks (1 intentional), while striking out five batters. He also flashed some athleticism at the plate, going 2 for 3, including a double. All around best performance I’ve seen from Santana recently, and if the Mets want to contend this year he has got to keep it up.

Hot Rod: No doubt the Mets MVP of the young season, Rod Barajas, was the only position player in the starting lineup to have multiple hits tonight. He was the most underrated move of the offseason and now Omar Minaya must be laughing about Benjie Molina.

Negatives From The Game:

Iggy: Ryoto Igarashi, only two games back from the disabled list, exploded in the ninth inning, giving up a one-out single to Ryan Braun and then a two-out game winning two-run homerun to Corey Hart. Too bad Takahashi and Nieve are part of the rotation now, because the bullpen looks weak…

Missed Opportunities: The Mets left 12 men on base tonight in a game where they couldn’t push a run across. With the bases loaded in the third inning, Jose Reyes couldn’t get a run home with no out, while Alex Cora bounced into an inning-ending double play, undoubtedly the turning point of the game.

Interesting Facts:

35.1: Consecutive shutout innings pitched by the Mets, which ended today.

8: Innings is the longest outing pitched by Johan Santana all season.

29: Pedro Feliciano has appeared in 29 games, as of tonight.

What’s Next?: The Mets take on the Brewers in the middle game of the three-game series in Milwaukee. Game Time 7:10 PM.

NYM Fernando Nieve (1-2) 5.09 ERA vs. MIL Manny Parra (1-3) 3.54 ERA