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The Mets entered their series in Milwaukee with a slim one-game edge over the Phillies. When it was over they snuck out of Wisconsin with a three-game sweep and a three-game lead over the Phils. With Milwaukee legend Bob Uecker up in the TV booth and an aging Fonzie, resorting to selling peanuts in the stands and still living above Mr. C’s garage, looking on, here’s what happened.

Monday, Mets 4-2: Delgado Blasts Way to Win 

I guess it’s time to stopped being surprised by anything Carlos Delgado does anymore. After Daniel Murphy led off the eighth with a double, Delgado stepped up to the plate and smashed a two-run blast that proved to be the game winner. Carlos Beltran followed with a single and Ryan Church drove him in with a double for an insurance run. Beltran would leave the game after bruising his knee while sliding into home-plate ump Ed Rapuano, who was enjoying the action while chomping on a bratwurst. The first half of the game featured two aces matching up, but Ben Sheets (five shutout innings) was taken out of the game with tightness in his left groin. Johan Santana lasted six innings, striking out 10 and gave up two runs (one on a balk). And I love writing these words: the bullpen was fantastic. They threw three shutout innings, struck out five and only gave up one hit. In the eighth, Pedro Feliciano and Joe Smith struck out Prince Fielder, Corey Hart and Mike Cameron consecutively. Nelson Figueroa picked up the win, and Luis Ayala notched the save. David Wright went 0-5 and Jose Reyes was picked off first and thrown out attempting to steal third, but that can happen when the Brewers supply the visiting dugout with a keg of Miller.

Tuesday, Mets 6-5: Bullpen Goose Eggs Brew Crew

Welcome to the big leagues, Jon Niese. The 21-year-old lefty (born on the day the Mets won the World Series) was greeted rudely in his major league debut when Rickie Weeks took the second pitch Niese threw and smashed it over the left field wall. He’s now the only pitcher in Mets history to give up a home run to the first batter he faced in his debut. In all, Niese went three innings, allowed five runs, seven hits, four walks and had two strikeouts. That line’s uglier than John Daly’s liver. He was obviously nervous in the first inning, but settled down somewhat, pitching out of jams the next two innings, mixing his fastball, curve and change. But everything fell apart for him in the fourth when the Brewers teed off on him with five straight hits. And then the bullpen came to the rescue. Six relievers combined to throw seven shutout innings. Nelson Figueroa and Brian Stokes threw two innings apiece, Duaner Sanchez breezed through the sixth and Pedro Feliciano, Joe Smith and Luis Ayala wrapped things up in the ninth and 10th. Ayala’s sore groin was clearly bothering him, but he gutted his way through the inning to earn the save. Carlos Beltran had the big hit, a three-run dinger in the third, and Endy Chavez ended up driving in the winning run with a sac fly. And guess who started the game-winning rally? Daniel Murphy, of course. Beltran and Chavez also threw out two Milwaukee base runners, and David Wright made another diving play with two outs in the ninth.

Wednesday, Mets 9-2: Church Slams the Door

Six batters into the game, the Mets had a 5-0 lead. And that’s all they would need. After Carlos Delgado singled in a run in the first, Ryan Church launched a grand slam to right and the Mets cruised from there. Brian Schneider finished off the first with a homer of his own, Nick Evans added a two-run pinch-hit single in the eighth and David Wright hit a sac fly in the ninth. Jose Reyes hit his 18th triple of the year and also tied Mookie Wilson‘s franchise record for stolen bases with the 281st of his career. Oliver Perez walked his usual five batters but only gave up two runs on five hits in 6.2 innings, and struck out five. He’s finally reached double digits in wins. And give props to the bullpen – they didn’t allow a run all series, while throwing 12.1 innings. This could be a potential post-season matchup, so it was a good sweep for the Mets.

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