Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Mets lose and Dickey fails to win his 19th game

The New York Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals by the score of 5-3 on Tuesday night. The game took place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York. R.A. Dickey started for the Mets and pitched ok but not great. The Mets bullpen other then Frank Francisco pitched well and their offense was led by Ruben Tejada. Bryce Harper led the Nationals offense and Jordan Zimmerman started for them and pitched pretty well, their bullpen was good. 
Dickey lost his fifth game of the season pitching seven innings giving up eight hits and three runs with three walks and two strikeouts. Jon Rauch pitched an inning giving up two hits, Francisco didn’t record an out and gave up three hits and two runs with a walk and Josh Edgin pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and striking out one. Manny Acosta struck out the only batter that he faced. Zimmerman pitched five innings giving up six hits and two runs with three walks and six strikeouts. Tom Gorzelanny pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout to earn his fourth win of the season, Garcia pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings with three strikeouts and Mike Gonzalez struck out the only batter that he faced. Drew Storen pitched to one batter and retired him and Tyler Clippard saved his 31st game of the season pitching an inning giving up two hits and a run with two strikeouts.

Tejada had three hits, Daniel Murphy had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk and David Wright had a hit and an RBI. Ike Davis drew two walks, Scott Hairston had a hit and an RBI and Josh Thole had a hit. Ronny Cedeno had a hit, Murphy hit a double and Hairston hit a homerun. The Mets were 1-6 with runners in scoring position and they left seven men on base.

Jayson Werth had two hits and drew three walks, Harper had four hits and an RBI and Ryan Zimmerman had a hit and an RBI. Adam LaRoche had a hit and drew a walk, Ian Desmond had a hit and Daniel Espinosa had a hit. Kurt Suzuki had two hits and an RBI, Tyler Moore had a hit and two RBI and Chad Tracy had a hit. Harper, Desmond and Espinosa each hit a double and Moore hit a homerun. The Nationals were 2-13 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. Desmond was caught stealing and Zimmerman committed an error.

In the first Zimmerman hit a sacrifice fly giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. In the fifth Murphy hit an RBI double and Wright hit an RBI single to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Moore hit a two run homerun in the seventh to make it a 3-2 Nationals lead. In the ninth Suzuki hit an RBI groundout and Harper hit an RBI single to make it 5-2. Hairston hit a solo homerun in the ninth to make it a 5-3 game and that was the final.

The Mets have lost the first two games of this three game series. The Mets record fell to 65-77 and the Nationals record improved to 88-54. The final game of the series will be played on Wednesday night.

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