Mets Game 42: Win Over Nationals
Mets 3 Nationals 0
The Mets compiled their first shutout win of the year as Jon Niese shut down the Nationals for 7 innings and Justin Turner drove in 2 runs with a big double in the 6th off of Tom Gorzelanny. I don’t really know or understand how the Mets are doing this with such a injury-depleted lineup, but they keep managing to win games.
Mets Game Notes
Justin Turner continued to hit well with runners in scoring position with a 2-run double in the 6th off Tom Gorzelanny extending the Mets lead to 3-0. Turner now has 9 RBIs in his last 4 games.
Jonathan Niese pitched very well for 6 plus innings but when the rains started to come back in the 7th, Jon started to lose some of his control presumably due to poor mound conditions. The Mets have handled the last 2 days very poorly concerning the inclement weather. Yesterday, it hadn’t even started to rain again when the home-team Mets who have the call in rainouts, called the game. Today it was raining cats and dogs out on the field even before the game started but it was still played.
Niese hunkered down and with the bases loaded in the 7th and Nats’ outfielder Roger Bernadina at the plate, Jon came back from 3-0, got the count to 3-2, and then got Bernadina to ground out to (temporary) first baseman Daniel Murphy to end the potential rally. He ended up pitching 7 very effective scoreless innings only giving up 1 walk and compiling 7 strikeouts.
The Metsies bullpen continued to shut opposing teams down with scoreless innings by Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez to close out the game and get a save. Of course it wouldn’t be a K-Rod save if he didn’t throw 18 pitches and give up a walk and a hit but we will take that if his ERA stays below 1.00 and he keeps saving games.
Nick Evans pinch-hit in the 8th inning and walked . With his call-up, there are now 9 players on the Mets roster who started this season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. Evans, Dillon Gee, Mike O’Connor, Justin “Clutch” Turner, Fernando Martinez, Jason Pridie, Pat Misch, Ronny Paulino (for a rehab assignment), and Ruben Tejada all played for Buffalo before being called up to the big league club. This shows just how dire the situation is for the Mets injury-wise and they are making do with it. Whenever 36% of your roster started the year in the minors, you can’t possibly have high expectations or most likely, high returns.
Next Mets Game
The Mets try to sweep the short 2-game series with the Nats at Citi Field tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 pm. Dillon Gee goes for the Mets and former Met Livan Hernandez goes for Washington.