Good morning, Mets fans? The New York Mets won 6-5 and swept the Washington Nationals in Washington DC. It’s only April, but wow was this series a great sign.
Matt Harvey started for New York and had a rough first inning. He gave up a two-run home run to Bryce Harper three batters into the game. He settled down in the second and third innings while also locating his fastball better.
In the fourth, he started running into some more jams, some of his own doing. He gave up a two-out RBI single to Pedro Severino, the number eight hitter. He subsequently made a fielding error against the pitcher Roark and hit Adam Eaton with a fastball. He escaped after giving up a long fly ball to Anthony Rendon which did look like a grand slam off the bat. He gave up a two-out RBI single to Trea Turner in the fifth as well which allowed Bryce Harper to score.
All told, Harvey’s allowed four runs, nine hits, and walk in five innings while also striking two batters.
In the seventh inning, he walked Bryce Harper to lead off the inning but almost escaped the jam but in the end, it was another two-out RBI single to Michael Taylor this time that hurt him.
AJ Ramos started the eighth inning for the Mets. He got Ryan Zimmerman thanks to a sensational play by Michael Conforto. He subsequently retired Adam Eaton but walked Anthony Rendon which forced Jerry Blevins into the game. Before he retired anyone though, Blevins picked off Rendon to end the inning.
Seth Lugo started the ninth inning with a walk to Bryce Harper. Harper is just an amazing player, hate him or not, he is a fantastic player. Seth Lugo threw an errant pickoff throw to put Harper on second with no one out. Matt Adams hit sacrifice fly to get him to third so the Mets walked Howie Kendrick and Trea Turner to set up the bases loaded and one out. Lugo buckled down and struck out Taylor and Severino to escape the jam.
In the tenth, Lugo retired the first two but Rendon bunted for a single. However, Lugo managed to retire Harper, the first pitcher to do so all night.
Lugo retired the side in order during the 11th inning. All told it was three scoreless innings for the new starter turned reliever.
Jacob Rhame pitched the 12th inning for the Mets. He pitched a scoreless inning to record his first MLB save.
The Mets had some two-out offense working in this game. In the first, Jay Bruce doubled with two out and Todd Frazier followed with a walk. Unfortunately, Asdrubal Cabrera struck out to end the inning.
In the third inning, Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, and Asdrubal Cabrera all walked with two outs to bring up Adrian Gonzalez. Adrian Gonzalez would like you to stop complaining about him because he hit a grand slam and gave the Mets a 4-2 lead. It was Adrian’s first homer as a Met.
Asdrubal Cabrera homered in the fifth inning with two outs to give the Mets a 5-3 lead at the time.
In the seventh inning, Todd Frazier led off the inning with a hit but was stranded at second after a deep fly out from Travis d’Arnaud.
The offense really struggled until the top of the 12th that is. Juan Lagares singled to start the inning and was bunted over by Amed Rosario. The Nationals decided to walk Michael Conforto to face Yoenis Cespedes in a double play situation. Cespedes made them pay with an RBI single to center and gave the Mets a 6-5 lead.
The Mets will head to Miami to take on the Marlins tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m. Noah Syndergaard will start for the Mets and be opposed by Jarlin Garcia. The game will air on SNY and can be heard on 710 WOR.