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Kapler does more damage to Mets as Brewers win slugfest

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Gabe Kapler has gone from minor league manager to major league hassle for opposing pitchers.

Kapler, who managed in the Red Sox organization last season, homered for the second straight day, doubled twice and drove in three runs to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the New York Mets 9-7 on Sunday.

Not bad for a guy who was the manager for Class A Greenville at this time last year.

"I just think overall it gives you a different perspective on how to approach an at-bat, how to approach a day," Kapler said. "I wouldn't try to label it -- surreal, spectacular. I'm just playing baseball, enjoying being at the ballpark, enjoying being in the clubhouse, enjoying winning games, enjoying being with my teammates."

Manager Ned Yost said coaching is the best way to learn the game, and believes that has changed the mind-set of Kapler, who played from 1998-06 for Detroit, Texas, Colorado and Boston.

"That's a great experience to start coaching a bit," Yost said. "You understand the game a little more and to be able to come back and still play it, it's got to be a benefit to him.

"I'm not so sure when he wakes up in the morning if it's not all been a dream. He's just done so well. It's been unbelievable what he's been able to do."

Corey Hart had a career-high four hits and Rickie Weeks homered and scored three runs for the Brewers, who won two of three in the weekend series.

The 32-year-old Kapler came out of retirement during the offseason and has four home runs in 26 at-bats. The last time Kapler had at least four homers in a season was 2004, with Boston. He didn't get No. 4 that season until July 21, in his 159th at-bat.

Kapler is playing in place of Mike Cameron, suspended for the first 25 games after testing positive for a banned stimulant.

Meanwhile, the Mets had ample baserunners despite Jose Reyes sitting out his second straight game because of a strained left hamstring. They pounded out 14 hits and walked eight times. The Mets scored in each of the first three innings, but hit into double plays in each of the next five innings to squander scoring opportunities.

"That'll put a damper on an off day for you," manager Willie Randolph said. "Too many opportunities missed."

Down by two with runners on the corners and none out in the eighth, Luis Castillo bounced to Prince Fielder at first. Fielder stepped on the bag and threw home, nabbing a sliding Brady Clark. Former Mets reliever Guillermo Mota then walked David Wright and Carlos Beltran before Carlos Delgado popped out to right.

"It wasn't a good read by Brady. It was a mental mistake on his part," Randolph said. "He doesn't have to break on contact. You let them have one out."

Brewers closer Eric Gagne pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in five chances and second in two days.

Wright hit his 100th home run, a solo shot in the first to pull the Mets to 2-1. But Wright failed in clutch situations the rest of the game, popping out to shallow right with no out and runners on first and third in the fourth and then grounding out to short on the first pitch he saw to end the sixth, after Brewers reliever Salomon Torres (2-0) had walked two hitters.

"We're not executing and it's frustrating," Wright said.

Brian Schneider went 3-for-5 with three RBI for the Mets.

Yost, trying to shake up struggling sluggers Ryan Braun and Fielder, flipped them in the lineup, moving Braun back to third, where he hit most of last season.

Braun had a two-run single, the third hit in 23 at-bats for last season's NL Rookie of the Year. Fielder went 0-for-5, and is in a 2-for-24 slump.

Oliver Perez hadn't allowed a run in his first two starts but struggled in this one. He allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out four.

Jorge Sosa (1-1) relieved Perez and gave up Weeks' solo homer leading off the sixth to give the Brewers a 7-6 lead. Hart's fourth single of the game later scored Kapler to make it 8-6.

Notes

  • Reyes said his strained left hamstring felt "a little better" on Sunday. He said he would be treated for it Monday at Shea Stadium on the team's day off, and that he would probably play Tuesday night against the Nationals.
  • Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo, coming off arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, is scheduled to make a rehab start for Triple-A Nashville on Monday. Yost said that Gallardo will then be worked into the Brewers' rotation. Yost said he wasn't sure whose spot Gallardo would take.
  • Mets right-hander Duaner Sanchez pitched a hitless inning for Triple-A New Orleans on Saturday night.
 
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Gabe Kapler, playing in the bigs for the first time since '06, homers and doubles twice for Milwaukee.  (AP)
Gabe Kapler, playing in the bigs for the first time since '06, homers and doubles twice for Milwaukee. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

B. Schneider
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Milwaukee

G. Kapler
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4311112 .213
Gabe Kapler, CF4333113 .423
Ryan Braun, LF5012022 .226
Prince Fielder, 1B4000111 .222
Bill Hall, 3B5000022 .220
Corey Hart, RF5141000 .295
J.J. Hardy, SS3110202 .205
Jeff Suppan, P1000012 .000
   a- Joe Dillon, PH1000002 .167
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
   b- Hernan Iribarren, PH1000000 .500
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   c- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .200
    Eric Gagne, P0000000 .000
Jason Kendall, C4112004 .405
Totals38911958  
a-fouled out for Suppan in the 5th
b-lined out for Torres in the 7th
c-flied out for Mota in the 9th
Batting
2B - Gabe Kapler 2 (2, Perez, Smith)
HR - Rickie Weeks (3, Sosa), Gabe Kapler (4, Perez)
SH - Jeff Suppan (3)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (4), Gabe Kapler 3 (11), Ryan Braun 2 (9), Corey Hart (5), Jason Kendall 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Gabe Kapler (3), Ryan Braun 2 (5), Corey Hart (3)
SB - Rickie Weeks (4, 2nd base off Smith/Schneider)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Fielder, Weeks-Hardy-Fielder, Torres-Hardy-Fielder, Weeks-Hardy-Fielder, Fielder-Kendall
Milwaukee Brewers
Jeff Suppan 4966221 4.67
Salomon Torres (W,2-0) 2100300 2.89
Brian Shouse (H,3) 1211100 2.08
Guillermo Mota (H,3) 1200200 2.45
Eric Gagne (S,3) 1000010 7.20
IBB - Church by Jeff Suppan
WP - Guillermo Mota (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 79-45, Salomon Torres 33-15, Brian Shouse 20-11, Guillermo Mota 27-12, Eric Gagne 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 7-2, Salomon Torres 3-1, Brian Shouse 2-0, Guillermo Mota 1-1, Eric Gagne 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 22, Salomon Torres 8, Brian Shouse 5, Guillermo Mota 6, Eric Gagne 3
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, LF4020111 .385
Luis Castillo, 2B4120100 .207
David Wright, 3B4111105 .268
Carlos Beltran, CF3111202 .289
Carlos Delgado, 1B3200204 .279
Ryan Church, RF3220101 .326
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1000010 .111
Damion Easley, SS5022000 .217
Brian Schneider, C5033001 .324
Oliver Perez, P1000012 .000
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .000
   b- Endy Chavez, PH1000001 .143
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Brady Clark, RF1010000 .333
Totals35714783  
a-struck out for Heilman in the 9th
b-grounded into a double play for Sosa in the 6th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (5, Suppan), Luis Castillo (1, Suppan), Ryan Church (1, Suppan)
HR - David Wright (3, Suppan)
SH - Oliver Perez (2)
RBI - David Wright (10), Carlos Beltran (3), Damion Easley 2 (4), Brian Schneider 3 (6)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (5), Brian Schneider 2 (2)
SB - Brady Clark (1, 2nd base off Mota/Kendall)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Carlos Delgado (2, Missed catch of throw)
New York Mets
Oliver Perez 4.1866341 3.38
Jorge Sosa (L,1-1) 1.2222211 6.23
Scott Schoeneweis 0.1000000 2.45
Joe Smith 0.2110010 1.69
Pedro Feliciano 0.1000010 0.00
Aaron Heilman 1.2000010 6.23
IBB - Fielder by Jorge Sosa
HBP - Weeks (by Oliver Perez), Kendall (by Aaron Heilman)
WP - Oliver Perez (1), Jorge Sosa 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 99-59, Jorge Sosa 39-20, Scott Schoeneweis 2-2, Joe Smith 17-11, Pedro Feliciano 4-3, Aaron Heilman 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 3-6, Joe Smith 2-0, Aaron Heilman 1-3
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 25, Jorge Sosa 9, Scott Schoeneweis 1, Joe Smith 4, Pedro Feliciano 1, Aaron Heilman 6
Game Information
Attendance - 52794
Game Time - 3:42
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi