New York-The New York Mets (57-65) have been overmatched by the Washington Nationals (66-53) all season long. This game was no different. The Mets struggled mightily with Stephen Strasburg, who allowed only one run on three hits in seven innings of work. The Nationals would hang on to defeat the Mets 4-1 and sweep the three game series.
The Nationals got all of their offense via the long ball. Adam LaRoche kicked off the scoring with a two run homer (17) in the top of the first to put Washington up 2-0. The other homer came courtesy of Bryce Harper, whose two run homer (6) in the top of the fourth doubled the lead to 4-0. That would be all the damage against Dillon Gee (L, 4-5), who went six innings and allowed four runs on four hits while walking four and striking out three.
The Mets couldn't do anything with Stephen Strasburg (W, 9-10), who cruised through seven innings. The only offense the Mets generated came in the bottom of the fourth, when a Lucas Duda sacrifice fly put the Mets on the board at 4-1. The Mets did squander a golden opportunity in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Eric Young Jr lead off the inning with a pinch hit double and Curtis Granderson drew a walk. The Mets immediately short circuited their rally when Daniel Murphy grounded into a double play and David Wright struck out to leave the frame empty handed.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Nationals' right hander Stephen Strasburg, who dominated the Mets. Strasburg limited the Mets to one unearned run on three hits over seven innings of work. Strasburg also walked two and struck out eight on the evening.
Post Game Notes:
- The Nationals have won 11 straight games at Citi Field, the longest road winning streak against the Mets by an opposing team in franchise history.
- The Nationals have gone 25-4 in their last 29 games at Citi Field. In that span they have outscored the Mets 150 to 66, out homered them 47-17, and outpitched them with a 1.98 ERA compared to 4.65 for the Mets.
- Rafael Soriano pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his 28th save of the season.
- The Mets are now 2-10 against the Nationals on the season and trail Washington by 10.5 games in the National League East.
- David Wright went 1 for 3 to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
- The Mets are eight games below .500 for the first time since July 10th.
The Mets will look to put this disappointing series behind them as they welcome the woeful Chicago Cubs (52-68) to town for a four game weekend set. Manager Terry Collins told reporters after the game he challenged his team to win 7 of their next eight games to get back in the race, so this should be a good opportunity to do so. Zack Wheeler (7-8, 3.53 ERA) will face off with Travis Wood (7-9, 4.86 ERA) in the pitching matchup. First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm tomorrow night.
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