|"You have to find ways to win those games. That's a first-place team over there. They didn't give us anything. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times, but we persevered and found a way to win that game. That's all that matters."|
|-- Brewers manager Ned Yost|
Brewers super-rookie Ryan Braun twice had an opportunity to win the game. But Braun waved at two sliders from Mets reliever Jorge Sosa in the ninth inning, and he grounded into an inning-ending double play in the 11th."Plenty of missed opportunities," Braun said with a shrug. "But ultimately we got the win, and that's all that matters. It's all about winning at this point. Obviously, it would have been nicer to get it done sooner and save the bullpen a little bit." The lone blip in terms of the Brewers' pitching performance came in the 10th, when right-handed reliever Matt Wise threw all 10 of his pitches out of the strike zone. Brian Shouse relieved him with a 2-0 count on Alou and induced a double play before a third reliever, Chris Spurling, struck out Damion Easley. Spurling threw only 18 pitches in 2 1/3 outstanding innings. Yost conceded that Wise's trouble could have started in Cincinnati, where he struck Reds infielder Pedro Lopez in the face with a pitch. "That's probably a real possibility," Yost said. "I'm not sure if that's the case or not, but he hasn't been the same from that point on. And you have to get over it, one way or another. There was no intent on that, and if you can't get over it, you've got problems." Glavine surrendered only two hits, a Braun double in the fourth inning that positioned Prince Fielder for an RBI groundout and a 1-0 Brewers lead, and Damian Miller's single leading off the seventh. Miller's hit prompted a call for reliever Aaron Heilman, and most of the 41,790 in attendance gave Glavine a standing ovation as he walked off. Tuesday was 17 years to the day since Nolan Ryan beat the Brewers at County Stadium for his own 300th win. Had Glavine won, Brewers starter Suppan would have been on the wrong end of history for the second time this season. Suppan pitched 6 1/3 innings at Detroit on June 12 but took the loss when the Tigers' Justin Verlander threw a no-hitter. "Glavine threw the ball very well, but fortunately we were able to grind it down and get the win," Suppan said.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less