Stung By Murphy’s Slam, Mets Swept At Home By Nationals

With many potent pieces missing from their offensive puzzle, the Mets fall to the Washington Nationals 6-3, who completed a three game sweep over their favorite foes.

Daniel Murphy continued to torment his former teammates with a grand slam in the top of the first, the only unfortunate inning for Mets starter Zack Wheeler, who settled down too late.

Wheeler hit the first batter he faced, then surrendered an infield single to the speedy Trea Turner, who beat out a throw by the hamstring compromised Asdrubal Cabrera. Bryce Harper’s sharp single through the hole loaded the bases, setting the stage for Murphy’s 408 ft. blast to the centerfield seats.

Michael Conforto got one back with a leadoff homerun in the bottom of the inning, and was on base for Neil Walker’s two run bomb in the third, after singling off of Max Scherzer two batters earlier.

After getting burned for four runs with his primary fastball, Wheeler kept the Mets in contention with his secondary array of curves and sliders.

But the Mets, like golfers that drive for show but don’t putt for dough, could not advance the few runners that reached base with any amount of small ball.

Josh Smoker relieved Wheeler in the eighth, retiring Adam Eaton and Trea Turner on a ground out and pop up to second. But the pesky Bryce Harper singled to center, and the equally red hot Ryan Zimmerman smacked his sixth homer of the season, increasing the Nationals lead 6-3.

In the bottom of the ninth, Jay Bruce led off with a single off of reliever Oliver Perez, who Dusty Baker, not taking any Met come from behind heroics, immediately removed for Koda Glover.

Walker struck out looking, Granderson grounded out to first, and while Jose Reyes stepped to the plate with Bruce on second, Yoenis Cespedes gave the Citi Field crowd some rally cap hope as he stepped into the on deck circle. But Reyes, who earlier punched a single into shallow center, flied out to left.

Following a much-needed day off, NY will face another NL East nemesis, the Atlanta Braves, who’ll bring RHP Julio Teheran (1-1, 3.52 ERA) to square off against rookie RHP Robert Gsellman (0-1, 5.09 ERA) in a bid for his first win of the season.

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Sue Kolinsky is a writer, 3 time Emmy nominated producer, and former stand up comedian of 20 years. She has written on Sex and the City, and The Ellen Show, along with producing stints on The Osbournes, Top Chef, and most recently, Last Comic Standing." Her love of baseball began at the age of nine when her oldest brother introduced her to Willie Mays, and continued after her favorite uncle secured season box seats at Shea. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two grown dogs.