Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The New York Mets continue their slide

The New York Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals by the score of 4-3 on Wednesday night. The game took place at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. Chris Young started for the Mets and pitched pretty well but not good enough. Miguel Batista did not pitch well out of the bullpen, David Wright led the Mets offense. Jordan Zimmerman pitched well for the Nationals and Tyler Clippard struggled to close out the game but he did eventually close it out. Bryce Harper led the Nationals offense. 
Young pitched six innings giving up six hits and two runs. He walked one and struck out two. Young lost his fourth game of the season. Batista pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up three hits and two runs with a strikeout, Josh Edgin faced one batter and retired him and Jon Rauch pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Zimmerman improved his record to 7-6 on the season pitching six shutout innings. He gave up four hits and struck out four. Tom Gorzelanny pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run, Sean Burnett pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one and Clippard saved his 15th game of the season. He gave up a couple of runs and two hits in one inning. He did strike out the side.

Wright had three hits and an RBI, Lucas Duda had a hit and Jason Bay had two hits and an RBI. Andres Torres had a hit and an RBI, Young had a hit and Scott Hairston had a hit. Wright, Young, Duda and Hairston each had a double. Wright and Bay each hit a homerun. The Mets were 1-8 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base. Torres had an outfield assist.

Steve Lombardozzi had a hit and two RBI, Harper had two hits and Ryan Zimmerman had a hit. Adam LaRoche had a hit, two RBI and drew a walk, Michael Morse had a hit and Danny Espinosa had a hit. Jesus Flores and Roger Bernadina each had a hit. Zimmerman and Lombardozzi each had a double. LaRoche hit a homerun and the Nationals were 1-3 with five men left on base. Espinosa was caught stealing. Morse had an outfield assist.

LaRoche hit a two run homerun in the sixth to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead. Torres hit an RBI single in the seventh to make it a 2-1 game. Lombardozzi hit a two run double in the eighth to make it 4-1 Nationals. The Mets would try to fight back in the ninth inning. Wright and Bay each hit a solo homerun and the final would be 4-3.

The Mets have now lost six straight games. The Mets record dropped to 46-45 on the season. The Nationals improved their record to 53-36. The Mets will try to avoid the sweep on Thursday afternoon.

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