Monday, August 20, 2012

The Mets lose a series in Washington as they lose to the Washington Nationals

The New York Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Sunday afternoon. The game took place at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. Jeremy Hefner started for the Mets and wasn’t very good, the Mets bullpen was good. The Mets had five players with two hits in this game. Gio Gonzalez pitched well for the Nationals and their bullpen was pretty good. Bryce Harper led the Nationals offense.  Hefner pitched five innings giving up eight hits and five runs, he didn’t walk a batter and struck out three. He lost his fifth game of the season. Manny Acosta pitched 1 1/3 innings striking out two, Josh Edgin pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect inning. Gonzalez won his 16th game of the season pitching 5 2/3 innings giving up seven hits and one run with two walks and three strikeouts. Drew Stammen pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up two hits and struck out one, Mike Gonzalez pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run with a strikeout and Tyler Clippard saved his 27th game of the season pitching a perfect inning with a strikeout.
Andres Torres drew a walk, Justin Turner had two hits and David Wright had two hits. Scott Hairston had two hits, Ike Davis had a hit and Ronny Cedeno had two hits. Jason Bay had an RBI, Kelly Shoppach had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk and Davis and Cedeno each hit a double. Cedeno hit a triple and the Mets were 1-11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
Jayson Werth had two hits for the Nationals. Harper had two hits and two RBI, Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and an RBI and Michael Morse had a hit. Daniel Espinosa had a hit and two RBI, Gonzalez had a hit and Zimmerman hit a double. Harper hit a triple and hit a homerun, Espinosa also hit a homerun. The Nationals were 1-4 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.
In the second Espinosa hit a two run homerun to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead. In the third Harper hit an RBI triple and Zimmerman hit an RBI single to make it 4-0 Nationals. Harper hit a solo homerun in the fifth and it was 5-0 Nationals. The Mets scored their first run in the sixth on a Bay RBI groundout. In the eighth Shoppach hit an RBI single to make it 5-2 and that would be the final score of the game.
The Nationals took two out of three from the Mets in the series. The Mets record dropped to 57-64 and the Nationals record improved to 75-46. The Mets will begin a four game series with the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field on Monday night. They will then play three games against the Houston Astros at home, it is a seven game homestand.

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