Rapid Reaction: Nats Pummel Mets 11-4 in July 4th Matinee

The New York Mets (38-45) were defeated by the Washington Nationals (50-34) by a score of 11-4 at Nationals Park Tuesday afternoon in a 4th of July matinee.

Pitching:

Seth Lugo was on the mound for the Mets today and he just didn’t have it. Lugo only lasted 5 innings allowing six runs while walking two and striking out three.

Things started off fairly well for Lugo as he held his pitch count at a very respectable level early. In the bottom of the third inning though, Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy each had RBI singles to put the Nationals up 2-1.

The wheels completely fell off for Lugo in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lugo gave up five straight hits to start off the inning, which was capped with a double from Ryan Raburn to put the Nats up 6-2. Lugo wasn’t helped out by his defense in this inning but he really needed to do a better job if the Mets were going to have any chance today.

Things didn’t get much better for the Mets in the bottom of the sixth inning. Erik Goeddel and Josh Edgin continued to be ineffective, combining to give up another three runs making the score 9-3.

Neil Ramirez was able to come in and pitch a scoreless inning in the seventh but then combined with Chase Bradford combined to give up two more runs in the eighth.

Offense:

Jose Reyes got the Mets on the board right away with his seventh home run of the year to leadoff the game.

In the top of the 4th inning, Rene Rivera tied the game with a solo shot to make the score 2-2.

Jay Bruce hit his 21st home run of the year in the top of the ninth inning with Cabrera on to make the score 11-4.

Notes:

Curtis Granderson was a late scratch as he continues to recover from a hip injury.

Yoenis Cespedes was also held out as he felt his hamstring cramp up on his sliding play last night.

T.J. Rivera was removed from the game in the bottom of the 7th inning, as it appeared he pulled his hamstring running the bases.

Daniel Murphy continues to dominate the Mets with 4 hits and 5 RBIs.

Brandon Nimmo was able to record three hits on the day.

On Deck:

The Mets will play their third game of a three-game set with the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park tomorrow evening. The game has a start time of 7:05 PM. Jacob deGrom (8-3, 3.55 ERA), will look to keep the Mets rolling against Tanner Roark (6-6, 5.27 ERA).

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