The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Mets’ bullpen yet again, and swept the Mets in Queens for the first time in their history.  The Mets’ record now drops to 60-66 on the year.

This game (and really, series) was a microcosm of the difference between a good team and a team in transition.  The division-leading Brewers got a solid performance from their starter, shook off a potential momentum-turning home run (Lucas Duda’s 7th inning blast that tied the game at 2), and buried the Mets late by taking advantage of shaky defense and shoddy relief pitching.

Couldn't get the big man out all weekend (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

3 Up:

-Lucas Duda: Hit his 3rd August home run (while batting .304 this month) and is showing potential as a key player in the offense beyond this season.

Angel Pagan: Speaking of heating up in August, Pagan (2-4 today) is hitting .377 for the month, and .464 over the past week.

R.A. Dickey: Only allowed 2 runs in his 7 innings of work, but yet again has nothing to show for his effort.  He has only 5 wins despite a 3.72 ERA.  By comparison, NYSOS favorite A.J. Burnett has 9 wins to go with his 4.96 ERA.

3 Down:

Justin Turner: Threw a ball away trying to turn a double play in the 8th inning, giving the Brewers back the lead.

-The Bullpen: Gave up 4 runs in the final 2 innings, 10 total runs in this series, and took the loss for the second game in a row.

-Clutch Hitting: The Mets did not record a single hit with runners in scoring position.

On Deck: The Mets head to Philly for a 3-game set.  First pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM.

NYM Niese (11-10, 4.05 ERA) vs. PHI Lee (13-7, 2.82 ERA)