Mets Lose A Tough Game To The Nats 7-1

An article by posted on June 6, 2009

Game Summary

It was only a two hour game, but felt like an eternity for the Mets. John Maine gave up seven runs to give the lead to the Nationals. Mets offense was only able to score one run against John Lannan who pitched a complete game. Mets lose game two to the Nationals 7-1.

Pitching

John Maine did not have a great start against the Nationals. He gave up three runs in just the first inning on four straight hits and a two-run homer from Adam Dunn. Maine continued to struggle, giving up a homerun to Elijah Dukes in the fourth inning. Maine walked the first two men in the fifth inning and then gave up a three-run homerun to Nick Johnson.

Maine finally got the hook after going four innings, giving up 7 runs on 6 hits and 3 homeruns. Maine only struck out one and walked two batters on 68 pitches. Maine is now 5-4 with a 4.52 ERA on the season.

Ken Takahashi came into the game and pitched two innings, walking two batters and striking out one but came away with no damage.

Fernando Nieve had his first appearance for the Mets on the season, pitching the seventh and eighth inning giving up one hit between the two innings, striking out one.

Batting

Mets offense failed to get a player past first base, grounding into a double play in each of the first four innings. Mets only had one hit through seven innings.

Mets were finally able to score a run in the eighth inning on three straight opposite field hits. Mets were only able to get four hits in the game from Brown, Wright, Tatis, and Santos.

Strange play of the game: Emil Brown hit a fly ball to right field that Dukes apparently trapped and Castillo ran back to first base and Brown passed him on the base pass and Brown was called out and Castillo was thrown out going back to second base.

Additional Info

This day in Mets history: New York Mets selected Daniel Murphy in 13th round of free agent draft on June 6, 2006.

Ryan Church will be activated tomorrow and will start in right field.

Mets hit into 5 double plays in the game, tying a Mets franchise record.

Game Ball

Nieve and Takahashi for picking up Maine’s slack.

Up Next

Livan Hernandez (4-1, 4.33) will finish up the series against the Nationals, go up against Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen (0-1, 5.71).

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