Mets Game 44: Win Over Nationals
Mets 5 Nationals 2
The Mets bullpen tried their mightiest to blow the game, but discovered what a tall order it is to hand a game to the lowly Nationals.
John Maine pitched six innings of four-hit ball, and the Mets pitchers escaped with a win despite issuing nine walks to the Nats. Though, Washington pitching wasn’t much better, giving the Mets seven free passes in a contest that could have been termed a walk-a-thon.
In the end, the Mets emerged the victor, thanks in part to a three-run homer off the bat of Gary Sheffield in the sixth inning. After Sheff’s blast, Maine hit the showers and four Mets relievers combined for 6 walks in the final three innings before claiming victory.
For the third straight game, a video review of a homerun call stopped play momentarily. Sheffield’s homer deflected off the hands of a fan reaching over the wall in left field.
Sheffield, Carlos Beltran, and Luis Castillo collected two hits apiece. Beltran and Ramon Martinez drove in the other two Mets runs.
It took J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez a combined 52 pitches to record the final 7 outs of the ballgame.
Several times during the game, because of the MLB-issued red hats for Memorial Day, I had to look twice to figure out who was on the field. I kept thinking it was the Nationals on defense when it was actually the Mets.
For the record, the red hats clashed mightily against the orange and blue uniforms, but as long as they help raise money for veterans, it’s something I’m happy to deal with for one day.
In the first inning, Carlos Beltran attempted to score on a Gary Sheffield two-out single. As he approached home plate, he had to gingerly step around Sheffield’s bat, which was resting in the baseline, in front of home plate. Beltran had no chance to score — the throw beat him by 20 feet — but the fact the bat was out there was absolutely inexcusable. On-deck hitter David Wright should know better, and should have cleared the bat. Little things like that are inexcusable.
Speaking of short rosters, Jose Reyes sat AGAIN. Enough is enough — the moment he wasn’t in the lineup, Reyes should have been placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to his last game appearance. Continuing this “day to day” stuff is stupidity.
If the Nats couldn’t win this one, they ain’t winning any of ’em — they left 13 runners on base, bad even by Mets-in-April standards. Pencil in a sweep.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Nats do it again at 7:10 PM on Tuesday night. Livan Hernandez faces Craig Stammen.