Zack Wheeler throws a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

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Schwei's Mets Notes: Wheeler's Splits, Another Walk-Off Loss, Conforto Picks Up 150th RBI

John Schweibacher
May 29, 2018 - 8:26 am
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The New York Mets snapped their four-game losing streak by salvaging the second of their two games on Memorial Day, 8-5, over the Braves in Atlanta.

As the Elias Sports Bureau noted, it was the first time the Mets played two games on Memorial Day since 1978 when they split a straight doubleheader with the Cardinals at Shea Stadium. 

The Mets won the opener that day 40 years ago, 7-2, as Pat Zachry threw a complete game, three-hitter. Keith Hernandez hit a two-run homer for St. Louis in the loss.

The Mets lost the nightcap, 6-2, as the Cardinals scored four runs in the top of the 10th inning vs. Craig Swan and Dale Murray, the only two pitchers New York used in that game.

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Charlie Culberson's pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Braves over the Mets, 4-3, in the opener of Monday's doubleheader at SunTrust Park.

It was the fifth time in club history the Mets lost to the Braves on a home run in the bottom of the 9th inning:

5/17/67   Mets 3 at Braves 4   Joe Torre solo home run

7/14/89   Mets 2 at Braves 3   Lonnie Smith solo home run

9/29/01   Mets 5 at Braves 8   Brian Jordan grand slam

6/17/13   Mets 1 at Braves 2   Freddie Freeman two-run home run

5/28/18   Mets 3 at Braves 4   Charlie Culberson two-run home run

Culberson, who hit a game-ending home run for the Rockies vs. the Mets back on May 3rd, 2014, became the third player to hit a "walk-off" homer against the Mets for two different teams. 

Glenallen Hill hit "walk-off" home runs vs. the Mets for the Cubs (9/5/93) and Giants (9/1/95) and Derrek Lee did it for the Marlins (7/3/00) and Cubs (5/11/05).

The Mets dropped three of four to the Brewers, losing the series finale, 8-7, Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.

Zack Wheeler allowed four runs, six hits and two walks in six innings in a no-decision Sunday and remained winless since April 29th after the bullpen blew a 6-4 lead.

Wheeler’s other outing last week was a hard-luck loss vs. Miami, where he allowed three runs, just one earned, in six innings as he remained winless at Citi Field this season.

Here are Wheeler’s 2018 splits at home and on the road:

Home:  4 games  0-4  7.36 ERA

Road:   5 games  2-0  3.86 ERA

Here are Wheeler’s career splits at home and on the road:

Home: 34 games   8-19  5.19 ERA

Road:  41 games 15-8  3.20 ERA

The Mets allowed a season-worst 17 runs as they were pounded by the Brewers, 17-6, Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee.

The Mets allowed as many as 17 runs twice last season; a 17-5 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field last September 13th and a 23-5 defeat at Washington on April 30th.

The 17 runs allowed were the most ever by the Mets in Milwaukee. The previous high was 12 in a 12-8 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park on April 26th, 2001.

The Mets starting pitcher that day was Brett Hinchliffe, who allowed 8 runs in his only career appearance for New York.

The Mets lost to the Brewers, 4-3, in 10 innings Friday night at Miller Park.

The Mets tied the game with a run in the top of the 9th inning, but lost the game in the bottom of the 10th as AJ Ramos walked back-to-back batters to force in the deciding run for the Brewers.

It was the 6th “walk-off” loss for the Mets in Milwaukee against the Brewers:

5/25/18  Mets 3 at Brewers 4 (10)  Perez bases loaded walk

6/8/11    Mets 6 at Brewers 7         Morgan rbi double

5/28/10  Mets 0 at Brewers 2         Hart two-run home run

7/31/07  Mets 2 at Brewers 4 (13) Jenkins two-run home run

5/14/06  Mets 5 at Brewers 6 (10) Hall solo home run

5/8/05    Mets 4 at Brewers 5         Hardy rbi single

Michael Conforto, playing in his 312th career game, collected his 150th career run batted in with a solo home run in the 4th inning.

Here are the only other Mets to drive in at least 150 runs in their first 312 career games for the club:

David Wright (212)

Darryl Strawberry (199)

Ike Davis (170)

Butch Huskey (162)

Steve Henderson (153)

The Mets won the opener of the four-game series in Milwaukee, 5-0, last Thursday night.

Brandon Nimmo had the first four-hit game of his career and reached base five times while Steven Matz pitched six scoreless innings for the win.

The only other Mets batter to go 4-for-4 with a walk in five plate appearances vs. the Brewers was Robin Ventura back on August 3rd, 1999 in a 10-3 win at County Stadium.

It was the fifth time the Mets shut out the Brewers in Milwaukee since the Brewers moved to the National League in 1998:

5/24/18  Mets 5 at Brewers 0   Matz, Sewald and Rhame

6/25/15  Mets 2 at Brewers 0   deGrom and Familia

7/27/14  Mets 2 at Brewers 0   deGrom, Black, Familia and Mejia

7/1/09    Mets 1 at Brewers 0   Pelfrey, Green and Rodriguez

8/8/02    Mets 9 at Brewers 0   Trachsel

The Mets lost the rubber game vs. the Marlins, 2-1, last Wednesday night.

Jeurys Familia entered the ninth inning Wednesday night with a 1-0 lead, but blew the save allowing four hits.

Familia began the season with saves in each of his first seven save opportunities, but has blown four of his last 11 save chances after having just five blown saves during each of the 2014 and 2015 regular seasons.

Happy Recap: Devin Mesoraco. Mets catcher now has five home runs and 10 RBI's in 15 games since being acquired from the Reds.

Nine Miles of Rough Road: Two Long. Sunday marked two years since David Wright last appeared in a Major League game for the Mets.