Thursday, July 23, 2015

The New York Mets blow a late lead and suffer a tough loss to the Washington Nationals

The New York Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals on Wednesday afternoon.  The game took place at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. and the final score was 4-3.   Noah Syndergaard pitched five innings giving up five hits and a run with five walks and four strikeouts.  Hansel Robles pitched an inning giving up a hit and a walk, Jennry Mejia pitched an inning with a strikeout and Bobby Parnell pitched an inning giving up three hits and three runs with two walks and a strikeout. 

Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven innings giving up seven hits and three runs with six strikeouts.  Matt Thornton earned his first win of the season pitching a perfect inning and Drew Storen pitched a perfect inning striking out the side for his 29th save of the season. 

Curtis Granderson had a hit, Ruben Tejada had a hit and Daniel Murphy had two hits.  Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a hit and two RBI, Kevin Plawecki had a hit and an RBI and Juan Lagares had a hit.  Nieuwenhuis hit a double and the Mets were 2-7 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base. 

Michael Taylor had two hits and three RBI, Danny Espinosa had a hit and an RBI and Bryce Harper had two hits and drew a walk.  Dan Uggla drew a walk, Clint Robinson drew a walk and Wilson Ramos had a hit.  Ian Desmond had two hits and drew two walks, Matt den Dekker had a hit and drew three walks and Espinosa hit a double.  The Nationals were 3-11 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base.  Desmond and Taylor each had a stolen base. 

In the fourth Nieuwenhuis hit a two run double giving the Mets a 2-0 lead.  In the fourth Plawecki hit an RBI single to push the lead to 3-0.  In the bottom of the fourth Taylor hit an RBI single to cut the lead to 3-1.  In the eighth Taylor hit a two run single to tie the game at three.  Espinosa hit an RBI double to make it 4-3 Nationals in the eighth and that was the final score. 

The Mets lost two out of three in the series and are now three games back in the NL East.  They were four outs away from being one game out. 

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