After a fast start to the season the New York Mets are . . . reverting to their historical state of Metsian Goodness.
They just got underway against the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon. The batting order was supposed to be Brandon Nimmo leading off, Wilmer Flores batting second and Asdrubal Cabrera batting third. That’s the lineup that got announced publicly and which was put up on the scoreboard. Got it? Good.
The problem: it turns out that the version of the lineup card the Mets turned in to the umpires just before the game had it wrong. It had Cabrera second and Flores third. Note: the lineup you give to the umpires is the one that controls in the game.
So, the first inning starts. Nimmo strikes out looking, Flores strikes out swinging and Asdrubal Cabrera hits a ground rule double. At that point Reds manager Jim Riggleman walks out to alert the umps of the Mets’ mistake. Per the rules, that means the next batter — Jay Bruce — was automatically called out, with the scoring being groundout to catcher. With that, the Mets’ first inning threat was ended.
For the record, Mets first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr. was the one who turned the lineup card in. No word who handed it to him, but I’m sure Mickey Callaway will say so after the game.
You don’t see many major league teams bat out of order. The Brewers did it in 2016. The Giants did it back in 2013. Beyond that I can’t remember. Heck, I can’t remember it ever happening in Little League and Babe Ruth games I used to play in.
The Dodgers only need one more win to clinch the NL pennant and advance to a World Series showdown against the Red Sox, but they might not get that chance tonight. Following David Freese‘s leadoff home run off of Milwaukee left-hander Wade Miley, the Brewers erupted for four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead.
In his second start of the NLCS, Dodgers’ southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu had a two-on, two-out situation when Jesus Aguilar came up to the plate in the first inning. Aguilar worked a 2-1 count against Ryu, then lashed a two-run line drive double to right field, bringing both Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun home to score. In the next at-bat, Mike Moustakas drove in Aguilar with a first-pitch double to right, while Erik Kratz‘s RBI single topped off the Brewers’ four-run spread to give them an early 4-1 advantage.
Ryu didn’t get a reprieve for long. In the second, Christian Yelich and Braun went back-to-back with another pair of doubles to advance the Brewers 5-1 above their National League rivals. The lefty was pulled after just three innings of seven-hit, five-run, three-strikeout ball — per MLB.com’s Bill Shaikin, it marked just the second time the 31-year-old had given up four or more runs in a start this season.
The Dodgers started to work their way back in the fifth inning: Freese returned with an RBI double that plated Brian Dozier, who scooted around from first and easily beat the tag at the plate to score the Dodgers’ second run of the night. Together, the teams have combined for five doubles in five innings. The Brewers still lead in the fifth, 5-2.