Bassitt goes 8 innings, Mets thrash Brewers 4-0
Chris Bassitt pitched eight three-hit point innings, Pete Alonso drove in two runs and the New York Mets beat the struggling Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 on Tuesday night.
Bassitt (5-4), who entered with a 7.62 ERA in his last five starts, allowed just three singles and a walk with seven strikeouts. He led the Brewers to double play immediately after each of their hits, including in the sixth when Milwaukee had runners in the corners before Willy Adames went on a late-inning double play.
Bassitt, who had a 2.61 ERA in his first five starts with James McCann, said he spent a lot of time between starts with receiver Tomás Nido, who took over as the top net. team safety after McCann went on the disabled list on May 13.
“It’s 100% on me: I just thought me and Nido — we weren’t on the same page at all,” Bassitt said. “The more I fought, the worse and worse I got. So we just spent the last week getting to know each other and playing better.”
It was the third time Bassitt had pitched eight scoreless innings and the first since his lone shutout, a brace for Oakland against the Los Angeles Angels on May 27, 2021.
“Guys like him, you just trust the moxie and the desire that they have and they figure it out and make the adjustments,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said.
Drew Smith worked a perfect ninth to complete New York’s 10th shutout of the season.
Milwaukee has lost nine of 10, being shut out four times in that span.
“Yes, we are in a bit of a mess, but every team is going to go through this. Everyone is going to have their little stretches, better get through it sooner rather than later,” said Brewers first baseman Rowdy Tellez. “It’s just one of those things right now where we’re trying to roll with the punches.”
The Mets produced all the offense they needed against Adrian Houser (3-7) in the first. Brandon Nimmo started with a brace but stayed second when Starling Marte beat a single downfield. Both runners advanced from a base on Francisco Lindor’s field before Nimmo scored on Alonso’s single.
Jeff McNeil followed by swinging 3-0 and hitting a comebacker who peeked at Houser’s glove. Adames, the shortstop playing on the second base side in the shift, couldn’t adapt to the redirection and the ball slid into right field when Marte scored. Alonso remained third as McNeil slipped to second with a brace.
“He threw a really good 3-0 shot – started in the middle, got away from me and didn’t put a good swing on it. But it’s baseball, you get lucky sometimes,” McNeil said.
Eduardo Escobar followed with a sacrifice fly.
“You can’t put pressure on the defense if you don’t put it on the line,” Showalter said. “That’s sort of our guys’ mantra. And it was a great basic Mac game. A lot of guys are happy with (a single).”
The Mets extended the lead to the fifth, when Nimmo and Marte started with singles before Nimmo scored on a single with one out from Alonso — his 59th National League-leading RBI.
Houser allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings for the Brewers. He threw 37 of his 96 pitches in the first.
“He fought well all through the inning, but they had him throw a ton of pitches. He didn’t throw that inning badly, necessarily,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He may have had too many misses that kind of led him to deep counts, but he came back and threw pretty well. This line score could have been very different, I thought.
The Brewers, whose pitching staff has been ravaged by injuries, claimed right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez off waivers from Minnesota.
Counsell said Gonzalez, who is expected to join the team on Wednesday, could be used as a starter or a long-term reliever. Brewers starters Brandon Woodruff (ankle, Raynaud’s syndrome) and Freddy Peralta (right shoulder) are on the injured list with six relievers.
Gonzalez is 9-23 with a 5.69 ERA in six big-league seasons since 2015. He had a 7.71 ERA in two starts for the Twins, who designated him for assignment Saturday .
To make room for Gonzalez on the 40-man roster, the Brewers moved Peralta to the 60-day injured list.
Brewers: Woodruff, struggling with numbness in his three middle fingers due to Raynaud’s syndrome, only threw fastballs during his bullpen. Counsell said Woodruff seems to be making “little progress every day.” … INF Luis Urias returned to the lineup and went 0 for 3 after leaving Sunday’s game with a tight right hamstring. … 2B Kolten Wong (right calf), who hasn’t played since June 7, helped with pre-game work with his teammates.
Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (stress reaction on his right shoulder blade) threw a 30-pitch bullpen and is scheduled for an “up and down” bullpen session on Friday. … RHP Max Scherzer (left oblique) kicked the outfield and is expected to kick off a mock game Thursday. … RHP Trevor May (right triceps inflammation) was planning to launch on Tuesday, continuing a bi-day progression that began on Friday. … RHP Colin Holderman (right shoulder impingement) is weekly after having an MRI.
Brewers: RHP Corbin Burnes (3-4, 2.48 ERA), the defending NL Cy Young Award winner, is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts this month.
Mets: LHP David Peterson (3-0, 3.00 ERA), who skipped his previous round in the rotation, hasn’t lasted more than 4 2/3 innings since May 23.
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