PostGame: Mets Vs. Nationals ~ 7/1
The New York Mets (44-35) lost another tough game, losing in walk-off fashion to the Washington Nationals (35-45). Johan Santana started started for the Mets and pitched great, but the bullpen gave up the lead, and the Mets lost 2-1 on a sac fly from Ryan Zimmerman. The Mets offense tonight was non existent after the first inning. Livan Hernandez started for the Nationals and match the effort by Santana. I could have been that they was just tired, with the team getting to Washington D.C. at 7 AM, on their flight from Puerto Rico.
The Mets got off to a good start when Jesus Feliciano hit a leadoff single. Ruben Tejada bunted him over to second base, but then David Wright struck out. Ike Davis picked him up with a single to right-center field giving to Mets a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth Ian Desmond hit what looked to a home run to left-center field. However, the umpires ruled that it was a double, and on replay the ball did hit off the top of the fence and bounce back in to play. Santana settled down though, getting a ground out, a strike out, and a fly out to end the inning, and waste the leadoff double.
Desmond was the first batter in the seventh inning, and started that inning off with hit, a single to right field. He was then bunted out to second, a got to third base on a wild pitch. With two outs, Nyjer Morgan poked the ball the other way to left field, bringing in Desmond from third to tie the game at 1-1.
In the bottom of the ninth inning Pedro Feliciano got the first batter out, but gave up a single to Willie Harris, and then Morgan laid down a beautiful bunt and just beat it out at first for a single. Cristian Guzman then hit a single, loading the bases for Zimmerman. The Mets brought in Ryota Igarashi, who got Zimmerman to hit a fly ball to Jeff Francoeur, who has the best arm on the team. But the ball was hit too far and Harris was just too fast, and he came in to score the winning run, giving the Nationals a 2-1 win.
- The Mets gave Jason Bay and Rod Barajas the day off, which is a questionable move considering Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan were out of the line-up with injuries.
- Jerry Manuel pulled Santana after the seventh inning even though he only had 97 pitches. After the game he said that he didn't want Santana pitching through the middle of the Nationals line-up again.
- Santana's ERA dropped from 3.55 to 3.41.
- The Mets have now lost three out of their last four games.
- This is the ninth time this season the Mets have lost a game in walk-off fashion.
- Pagan was able to hit from the left side in the batting cages during the game.
- Feliciano had two more hits and he is now hitting .283 in the majors. Henry Blanco had two hits in the game as well.
- The Atlanta Braves had an off day, which means the Mets are now two games back of first with this loss. The Philadelphia Phillies lost their game to the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2, pushing them to four games back of the Braves. The Mets remain in the lead for the Wild Card with the Los Angeles Dodgers (half game back) having the day off. The St. Louis Cardinals lost 4-1, keeping them at a game back of the Mets.
- Not many players stood out in this game, but Johan Santana pitched great and if he wasn't able to get the win in this game at least he can get this.
- The Mets will look to even up the series tomorrow as Jon Niese (5-2, 3.84 ERA) takes the mound against Luis Atilano (4-3, 6.44 ERA). Game time is set for 7:05 PM and the game will be aired on SNY.
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