MILWAUKEE(AP) Brewers hitting coach
had recently told
that there's nothing like the emotional swings they face in baseball. McGehee faced it all in the same inning.
''I experienced them both pretty quick,'' McGehee said. ''It's ironic people start talking about stuff and it happens right
McGehee hit his first career grand slam moments after committing a costly gaffe in the sixth inning and then took out his
frustrations on his helmet in the
' 10-6 win over the reeling
New York Mets
on Monday night.
''Me and my helmet are going to have to have a sitdown apology session later,'' he joked. ''I might have hurt its feelings.''
J.J. Hardy also went 4 for 4 with a homer and was on base all five times for the NL Central leading Brewers, who have won
three of four. Hardy also finally got McGehee to smile a few innings after he dropped a routine pop up.
''I think it even took him a couple of innings to realize what he had done because he was still pretty upset about the dropped
pop up,'' Hardy said. ''We were all really excited for him.''
The Mets have lost four straight, falling under .500 (37-38) for the first time since May 5, and not even the previously unflappable
(3-1) could help. He gave up 11 hits and three runs before being pulled after 3 1-3 innings.
''We're a below average team. Period,'' Mets manager
McGehee nearly gave New York a way out after giving the Mets life with starter
(6-4) cruising and Milwaukee leading 3-0.
With two outs and a man on first in the sixth inning, the Brewers third baseman dropped
's routine fly ball when it hit the heel of his glove and dropped harmlessly to the ground , putting runners on the corners.
''You play long enough you're going to have one of those, 'What are you doing moments?''' McGehee said. ''(I) more felt terrible
for Looper in that because he was throwing the ball so well. ... I felt like I took the momentum he had going and kind of
put it to a halt.''
hit the next pitch off the wall for a two-run double to cut it to 3-2, but Looper got out of the jam.
In the bottom of the inning, Hardy had his third extra base hit when Martinez tried to make a diving catch on a liner to put
men on second and third with one out.
popped out and
was intentionally walked, McGehee drove a high fastball from reliever
into the Brewers bullpen in left center field to make it 7-2.
''I'm sure he went up there to try and redeem himself,'' Stokes said.
McGehee, who has hit all five of his career homers in his last 13 games, returned to the dugout, covered his mouth and shouted
into his helmet before tossing it aside. Then, he acknowledged a curtain call from the 39,872 fans at Miller Park who booed
him coming off the field minutes before.
''Prince had to tell me to get out there and I didn't even know what he said. I didn't really know what was going on,'' McGehee
said. ''If somebody would have told me this time last year I'd have 40,000 people calling me out of a dugout for a curtain
call, I would've told you you were lying.''
That's because McGehee was in the Cubs organization, stuck at Triple-A Iowa behind slugger
before being placed on waivers in the offseason. The Brewers scooped him up because of his ability to play second, third and
be an emergency catcher, and McGehee earned his way on the opening day roster with an impressive spring.
The Brewers tacked on three runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take a 10-3 lead, but the Mets forced the Brewers to
with one out in the ninth after five straight hits.
, who had an RBI single in the seventh, hit a two-run homer in the ninth off reliever
to make it 10-6 moments after
's RBI double, and Villanueva allowed consecutive singles to
and Martinez before being pulled for Hoffman.
The all-time saves leader forced Schneider to hit into a double play on his first pitch for his 18th save in 19 tries.
NOTES: Mets CF
(right knee) was in Vail, Colo. getting a second opinion on his bone bruise from noted knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman
and will be re-evaluated later this week. ... Mets RF
(ill) returned to the lineup and went 4-for-5.