Mets Game 122: Win Over Nationals
Mets 7 Nationals 4
The Mets scored seven runs from both surprising and typical sources.
As you might expect, some of the firepower came from normally productive protagonists David Wright, Moises Alou, who both doubled in runs. However, unusual suspects Luis Castillo and Mike DiFelice also came to the power party — Castillo lifting a solo homer in the first frame and DiFelice hitting an RBI double in the sixth. Lastings Milledge also sprinkled in a single to drive in two insurance runs in the ninth.
Oliver Perez had an OK day, pitching five and two-third innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Not a marvelous outing, but enough to give the Mets a shot to win the game. If anything, an improvement over his previous four starts.
Damion Easley — who had been playing first base in place of Carlos Delgado — left the game in the sixth inning with a sprained ankle (third-grade, whatever that means). He has been placed on the DL, leaving the Mets with only three second basemen on the roster — so Anderson Hernandez has been promoted from AAA. Yes, apparently it’s more important to have three second basemen than two healthy catchers (Ramon Castro remains “day to day”). Go figure
Jose Reyes, Castillo, Wright, Alou, and Easley all had two hits on the day.
Orlando Hernandez goes against Shawn Hill in a 1:35 PM start in DC. Hill had a strong outing in beating the Mets in April, and since coming off the DL held the Phillies to one run in seven strong innings. He has a 0.92 WHIP and 2.41 ERA this year. Bottom line — this game is no gimme, so don’t expect a sweep. We can root for it, but not expect it … the series to sweep was in Pittsburgh.