Mets Game 43: Win Over Nationals

Mets 1 Nationals 0

No shutouts until game 42 and then they go back-to-back.

Mets Game Notes

I have no notes, as unfortunately(?) I’m currently in Italy for business and have no ability to watch the ballgames. So if you don’t mind please post your comments about the game below. Many thanks.

Added by Loge Mezzanine (8:34pm):

When the Mets face the Nats in a battle of the two worst teams in the NL East, there really is only one thing that could possibly matter in the future – the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history.

Aside from a no-no, there’s really nothing good (or mildly interesting) that could come of a game like this, relatively speaking of course. You just hope nobody gets seriously injured and the two hapless franchise don’t flail around for too long before the final out.

But for five and two-thirds innings, this game seemed destined to become an InstaMets classic. Dillon Gee flirted with immortality, making the Washington lineup look like a bunch of AAA hitters (note: many of them essentially are AAA hitters).

Gee’s bid for greatness was ultimately broken up by Livan Hernandez and the game played out without much fanfare until the ninth inning when Justin Turner’s throw appeared to pull first baseman Dan “The Utility Man” Murphy off the bag.

Replays seemed to confirm what Nationals manager Jim Riggelman was saying to first base umpire Phil Cuzzi – that Murphy was not only off the bag, but that Jayson Werth beat the throw in the first place.

Riggleman’s case was ultimately dismissed and Francisco Rodriguez shut the door on the hapless Nationals.

Final score: Mets 1, Nationals 0

Notes: Jose Reyes grounded into a double play for the first time this season… Justin Turner has knocked in 10 of the team’s last 15 runs… Meanwhile, Brad Emaus is stuck in AAA somewhere, telling anyone who will listen that the RBI stat is overrated and he could work out a walk in a big spot if somebody would only give him the chance.


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  1. Walnutz15 May 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm
    While years later……the Mets sign Jason Botts.
  2. SiddFinch May 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm
    Gee no-no through 5 broken up in the 6th by Livan Hernandez, the Nats sluggin’ hurler. who the Mets make look like Cy Young everytime they face him.

    Turner’s RBI parade continues, Bay remembered how to hit for a day, KRod walked the tightrope again per usual. Of course he was gifted an out on a questionable call in 9th that actually went in favor of the Mets (for once!).

    Gee now in four way tie for Mets lead in W’s with 3.

  3. Joe May 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm
    Isn’t someone else filling in for you though?

    Livian also lost 1-0 against the Marlins. Livian is amazing to watch. Seems to be pitching at half speed. He’s like “the dude” of baseball or something.

  4. Mic May 19, 2011 at 9:25 pm
    I have not seen gee pitch, but based on his bylines he reminds me of booby jones. Ironically still the game has to have featured pitchers with similar stuff….and results.
  5. wohjr May 20, 2011 at 12:46 am
    I believe it was buster olney who wrote that gee reminded some people of the great rick reed actually
  6. Joe May 20, 2011 at 9:20 am
    Watching the replay, the Mets also got an umpire assist in the ninth when someone clearly safe at first (it would have been first and third, one out) was called out.

    Turner made a great play but was discombobulated enough to throw late.

  7. Mic May 21, 2011 at 10:01 am
    Kudos for making it close (enough).