Mets Game 108: Loss to Nationals

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You can’t blame Scott Hairston for this one.

Mets Game Notes

Scott “The Hammer” Hairston came in as a pinch-hitter in the 7th and blasted a solo homer off LOOGY Sean Burnett. Hairston hit a second homer off of closer Drew Storen in the ninth. And that was the extent of the Mets scoring. One wonders if Hairston had started the game, might he have hit four dingers? Only The Shadow knows.

Jonathon Niese allowed two runs on 8 hits and no walks in 5 1/3 innings. It wasn’t a terrible outing, but it wasn’t tremendous, either. Niese threw well through the first five frames, then kind of came apart in the sixth. I’m not sure if he was throwing cutters that didn’t cut or poorly placed fastballs, but Niese was giving the meat of the Nats order flat, belly-high pitches over the middle of the plate, and as a result was hit hard.

Meantime the Mets offense collected nine hits but couldn’t get anything going. Jordan Zimmerman successfully worked out of a couple jams and no one other than Hairston had a hit off the Nats bullpen.

Jose Reyes ended his temporary skid with a 2-for-4 day. Dan Murphy also went 2-for-4.

Next Mets Game

The Mets return to Flushing for a ten-game homestand, and will be hosting the Marlins for a three-game set beginning on Monday night at 7:10 PM. Mike Pelfrey faces Javier Vazquez in the opener.

Mets 2011 Games

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