Ryan Zimmerman’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning gave the Washington Nationals a 2-1 victory over the Mets, who wasted a solid start from Johan Santana.
Johan Santana rebounded nicely and gave the Mets all you could ask for pitching seven solid innings and allowing just one earned run. He let up six hits, a walk and struck out seven batters. It was nice to see him missing bats again, and the one good thing you could take away from this game was Johan’s progress.
The bullpen failed again and once again it was Pedro Feliciano, the would-be setup man, who wouldn’t get the job done. He was wild and had no command of the strike sone… He’s starting to look burned out…
Ryota Igarashi gave up the sac fly that ended the game, but one could hardly fault him for what was essentially a shallow flyball to Jeff Francoeur.
Offensively, the Mets were stumped by Livan Hernandez (2.98 ERA) who has now held them to just three runs in the last 20.2 innings pitched. Jesus Feliciano had a couple of hits batting in the leadoff spot and is now batting .286 since being called up.
Ike Davis got the lone RBI when he singled in a run, and Henry Blanco added a couple of hits, but basically there was nothing doing tonight for the Mets bats.
The Mets had regulars Jason Bay, Angel Pagan, Rod Barajas and Jose Reyes all out of the starting lineup, but all except Reyes would appear in the game in pinch roles.
The Mets have now lost for the third time in their last four games, and tonight was the ninth time the Mets lost a game via a walk-off. Hey, at least it wasn’t a grand slam, right?
I usually don’t like handing out game balls after a loss, but there’s no shame in giving it to Johan Santana for a solid 97-pitch effort and proving that reports about his demise were somewhat premature.
The Mets continue their four-game series against the Nationals on Friday when Jon Niese (5-2, 3.84 ERA) takes on Luis Atilano (4-3, 6.44 ERA). Game time is at 7:05