The Milwaukee Brewers have released former New York Mets pitcher Pat Misch from a minor league contract to allow him to pursue an opportunity in Japan with the Orix Buffaloes, the team announced via Twitter.
Misch, now 34, last pitched in the majors with the Mets from 2009-2011. Since leaving the Mets, he has pitched for two area teams, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Triple-A, Philadelphia Phillies organization in 2012) and the Lancaster Barnstormers (independent, in 2015.)
Misch has also played in more exotic locales, such as Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League in 2014 and Lamigo in the Chinese Professional Baseball League last season.
“They asked me after the game if I could start Game Seven,” he said. “I said, ‘Absolutely.’ I couldn’t sleep that night. My body felt great; my arm felt great. I just kept thinking, there’s no way we’re losing this game. I had no thought to pace myself. I just felt so good.”
“Absolutely, it was the best game I’ve ever pitched.”
It’s going to be tough to top that, but I hope Misch continues to enjoy success in 2016.
Dillon Gee pitched about as well as I expected Miguel Batista to yesterday, allowing seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. Travis Ishikawa, a backup first baseman known mainly for his glove, hit two home runs – it was the first multi-home run game of his career.
The high point of the game for the Mets was David Wright going 2-for-2 to raise his batting average to a National League-leading .408.
The Brewers’ third home run of the evening prevented this game from being another forgettable loss. Or rather, it was what happened afterRickie Weeks crushed a pitch from D.J. Carrasco to put Milwaukee up 8-0.
On the very next pitch, Carrasco plunked Ryan Braun and home plate umpire Gary Darling ejected him. Carrasco says that it was unintentional… I suppose I believe him, but I’m not sure that makes it better.
If Carrasco hit Braun on purpose, it means he let his temper get the better of him. He put his teammates at risk for retaliation and he forced Terry Collins to turn to another relief pitcher he would have preferred to rest. If Carrasco hit Braun by accident, it means he has no idea where the baseball is going once it leaves his hand. Either way, I’m left to wonder why Carrasco is still employed by the New York Mets.