Mets Game 102: Loss to Nationals

Nationals 6 Mets 2

Apparently, someone forgot to tell the Washington Nationals that they were supposed to roll over and lose to the Mets amicably.

The worst-hitting team in MLB — the one that’s averaging less than four runs per game — crossed the plate six times against the Mets in gaining their 44th win of the season. Crafty lefty Mike Bacsik threw pus-balls for seven innings, scattering eight hits and allowing only two runs. The only Met to accumulate more than one hit was Carlos Delgado, who blasted two singles.

Jorge Sosa pitched six non-solid innings, allowing nine hits, three walks, two homers, and five runs. With each start, he is looking more and more like the 2006 version that went 3-13.

Sosa got through the first inning OK, then was the victim of a Doublemint commercial in the second, as the punchless Nationals found the strength to hit four two-baggers in five minutes, scoring three runs. The Mets came roaring back with a run when Lastings Milledge bounced into a double play, but Ryan Church hit a solo homer in the third to make the score 4-1.

The Mets scored again, and for the last time, in the fifth when Shawn Green doubled and scored on a Damion Easley single. However, the Nats came back in the sixth with another homer — this of the leadoff variety — by Austin Kearns. They scored their sixth run in the eighth off the previously invincible Pedro Feliciano.


Hmmm … bright spot, bright spot … there had to be one somewhere … ah yes, just-promoted Jon Adkins pitched a perfect seventh inning, retiring three batters on nine pitches. Aaron Heilman also pitched a nearly perfect inning (scoreless), the ninth, but finally allowed a hit.

Next Game

Day / night doubleheader on Saturday, with game one starting at 12:10 PM and game two commencing at 7:10 PM. El Duque vs. Tim Redding in the first game, then Mike Pelfrey tries not to lose against Billy Traber in the nightcap.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. sincekindergarten July 28, 2007 at 4:18 am
    I heard that it’s possible that the Mets could move Sosa to the pen and use Adkins as the fifth guy. ‘Course, that all goes out the window if Pelfrey gets his stuff together tonight (Saturday).
  2. isuzudude July 28, 2007 at 7:02 am
    IN 115 career major league appearances, Adkins has never started. Safe to say there’s no truth to that rumor. If the Mets are going to go with a new 5th guy instead of Sosa who’s already on the team, it’s likely to either be Pelfrey or Lawrence

    Joe: I’m majorly nit-picking here, but how can Heilman throw a perfect ninth but still give up a hi
    t? He threw a scoreless ninth, yes…not a perfect ninth. Listening to the broadcast, that hit disrupted a streak of 18 consecutives outs recorded by Heilman. In perspective, the major league record is 44 by some guy by the name of Barr.

  3. joe July 28, 2007 at 7:09 am
    isuzudude, you’re right, Heilman didn’t throw a “perfect” night … I should have written “scoreless” (and will fix it). Damn, and people used to pay me to be an editor. Must have been one too many glasses of Pinot Noir … that happens to me when the Mets lose.

    Thanks for calling me out !


  4. isuzudude July 28, 2007 at 5:56 pm
    sorry, i’m just a stickler for that type of stuff. last night watching espn2 they were doing barry watch on the bottom of the screen. the headline read: “bonds vs. atlanta.” dumasses! the giants played florida on friday. they should have known too, it was on regular espn. stuff like that just gets to me…the little things.
  5. joe July 28, 2007 at 6:49 pm
    please don’t apologize — I don’t have anyone editing me so I count on the readers to keep me in check