There has to be something wrong with Francisco Rodriguez. Even a bad pitcher wouldn't be doing as bad as he is doing right now. The New York Mets (45-36) handed him a two run lead and apparently that wasn't good enough for him. He gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Washington Nationals (36-46), as the Mets lost 6-5. The Mets did everything right to win this game, Rodriguez just blew the game and took a win away from the Mets.
The Mets were able to jump on Strasburg early this game. Alex Cora walked with one out, and then David Wright struck out. Cora stole second, and on an error on Ivan Rodriguez, moved to third. Ike Davis walked, and then Jason Bay doubled to right-center, bringing in Cora from third and moving Davis to third. Josh Thole then walked after a great at-bat, which loaded the bases for Jeff Francoeur. He flied out to left-center to end the inning, and Strasburg limited the damage to just one run.
With one out in the third inning, Wright singled up the middle and Davis hit an infield single to third. Bay then struck out, and then with two outs Thole singled up the middle, bringing in Wright from second to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Willie Harris walked on four pitches. Ryan Zimmerman grounded into what should have been an inning ending double play, but Ruben Tejada took it eye off the ball trying to rush the double play, and everyone was safe. With two outs, Josh Willingham singled, bringing in Harris from second to make it 2-1. Rodriguez then singled, bringing in Zimmerman from second, tying the game at 2-2.
In the eighth inning Cora started things off with a triple. Wright then singled to left field to bringing in Cora, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. Davis then singled, moving Wright to second. Bay fouled out for the first out of the inning, and then Thole doubled to right field, bringing in Wright from second and moving Davis to third. Francouer was intentionally walked to load the bases, and the Tejada hit a sac fly to center, bringing in Davis from third to give the Mets a 5-2 lead.
Bobby Parnell was brought into pitch the eighth inning, maybe a sign that Jerry Manuel wants to use him as their set-up man. He gave up a one out single to Adam Dunn, and then a walk to Willingham. Rodriguez struck out, and then with two outs Adam Kennedy singled to bringing Dunn in from second to make it 5-3. Parnell struck out Ian Dessmond to end the inning and limit the damage.
In the top of the ninth inning Angel Pagan walked, and Cora laid down a sac bunted, but the pitcher Doug Slaten throw the ball into center field. So the Mets had runners on first and second with no one out with the middle of their order up. Wright flied out, moving Pagan to third, Davis struck out, and Bay grounded out to end the inning.
Francisco Rodriguez came in for the save in the ninth inning, and things didn't get off to a good start. He walked Cristian Guzman on four pitches, and got Nyjer Morgan to ground out to Wright, who made a nice diving grab and threw out Morgan at first, moving Guzman to second. Willie Harris then ripped a ball to right field, moving Guzman to third base, bringing Zimmerman to the plate with one out. He walked him loading the bases for Dunn. He hit a double off the top of the fence, bringing in two runs to tie the game. The umpires reviewed the call, as the ball hit off the top of the fence and came back into play. The Mets then intentionally walked Willingham to load the bases again. Rodriguez came up and hit a single to left field to win the game, 6-5.
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