|"Maybe it's a wake-up call for all of us. We have to turn things around and finish strong. We don't have to panic. We're right there."|
|-- Carlos Villanueva|
Mets relief pitcher Jorge Sosa delivered the final run of the inning with a line-drive double to left-center field. Minutes after Brian Shouse replaced Villanueva and recorded the final out, players tangled in Milwaukee's dugout.Villanueva said he was not involved, that he was up in the clubhouse beginning his usual post-outing exercises. He took responsibility for his mistakes and insisted that his relationship with Estrada was strong. "Maybe it's a wake-up call for all of us," Villanueva said. "We have to turn things around and finish strong. We don't have to panic. We're right there." The skirmish happened in front of 41,704 fans -- the 22nd sellout this season at Miller Park and the seventh straight. And it also happened in front of thousands of viewers watching the Mets and Brewers TV broadcasts. Yet many Brewers said nothing happened at all. They included Ben Sheets, whom cameras nonetheless caught right in the middle of the action. Geoff Jenkins, who is the longest-tenured player on the team, said, "I don't know anything about it." "We have a lot of baby showers, a lot of birthday parties [for] kids on the team, [so we] were disagreeing about what gifts we should get," Graffanino said. "It's fine. We're fine. Everything's good." Is the pressure of the pennant race getting to the team? "No. We're not playing the way we're capable of playing, and that's what it boils down to," Graffanino said. "That's all it boils down to. We've said it all along, if we play like this, then what do we deserve? If we play the way we're capable of playing, then we'll see." Said center fielder Bill Hall: "I'm sure that nine out of 10 people are going to say that this is the same thing that happened to the Cubs. It's not about that." Hall was referring to a June 1 incident at Wrigley Field between Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano and catcher Michael Barrett, the latter of whom eventually was traded. Since that day, the Cubs are 35-20, and on Wednesday, they moved percentage points ahead of the Brewers in the division. "Every time we turn around, we're getting a question about the Cubs or how we're feeling," Hall said. "Every time we turn on the TV, it's how well the Cubs are playing. We want to go out and win. It's all about winning ballgames. Whether the Cubs are on us or not, there would still be frustration. It's something you have to learn how to control." The Mets promoted right-hander Brian Lawrence (1-0) from Triple-A before the game and he allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings, just long enough to notch the win. The Brewers will have to rebound this weekend against another contending team. The Phillies will be at Miller Park on Friday night for the opener of a three-game series, and the Brewers are once again expecting near-capacity crowds. "If we continue to play the way we're playing, it doesn't really matter what anybody else does -- we're in trouble," rookie third baseman Ryan Braun said. "So we've got to play better."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.