With two outs, the bases loaded and the Mets holding a 4-2 lead, Brewers catcher Jett Bandy lofted what appeared to be an inning-ending pop-up to the left side of the infield.
Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera appeared to be camped under it — and then, clearly in trouble, he began turning this way and that, finally twisting with his back to home plate as the ball appeared to thud off the heel of his glove.
Eric Thames, who had walked, scored easily from third. Hernan Perez, who had singled, scored from second. That tied the score at 4-4 and brought back sickening memories of the night Castillo dropped what should have been a game-ending pop-up by Alex Rodriguez in 2009 at Yankee Stadium. Two runs scored on that play, with Mark Teixeira hustling all the way from first to give the Yankees an improbable 9-8 victory.
Only the inexplicable lack of hustle by Domingo Santana, who leisurely rounded the bases from first and had to stop at third, prevented the Brewers from taking the lead right then and there.
That ensured that Pill, an unheralded pitcher from whom the Mets expected little, would come away…