Coming off a solid 7-3 victory in D.C., the Mets sent Dillon Gee to the hill to take on rookie Tom Milone. Gee started off the game by giving up a lead off home run to Ian Desmond down the left field line after a scoreless first by the Mets.
After a scoreless second for the Met offense, Gee blew up. He gave up four runs in the inning, including a three-run home run on the first pitch to Tom Milone. Milone really helped himself out, blasting one into the right field bullpen on the first pitch he saw in the majors. That home run came right after an RBI double by Jesus Flores. By the end of the inning, the Nats had pounded out four runs on four hits and were leading 5-0.
In the fourth, the Mets started to scratch away at the five-run deficit. With one outs and David Wright and Justin Turner on base, Angel Pagan came up big with a clutch single that scored them both and reduced the deficit to three. Two batters later, after Pagan stole second, Nick Evans homered to left, scoring Angel Pagan andnarrowing the Washington lead to just one run.
The Nats got an insurance run, extending their lead to 6-4 on a Roger Bernadina solo homer. That would be all for Dillon Gee. After the fifth, Gee left, allowing a total of six runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out six on 95 pitches.
Jason Bay hit a two-run shot (Did I just actually say that?) in the seventh to tie the game at 6-6.
From then on, it was a battle of the bullpens, and of course, we all know how bad the Met bullpen is. However, for the first three innings, they kept their cool and shut down the Nats. Pedro Beato and Daniel Herrera, the new lefty from the Brewers got out of a jam in the sixth. Then came Manny Acosta, who was lights out over his two innings, striking out five, while only walking one. He was really impressive.
Then, came Bobby Parnell (Cue the horror movie music)
In the ninth, with the Mets up 7-6, Jesus Flores immediately got on with a single. Then, Brian Bixler, who pinch ran for Flores, reached second on a wild pitch by Parnell. Then Parnell walked the next batter to put runners on first and second. The net hitter, Ian Desmond, made the smartest play of the night (I have to give credit to the fundamentals!), laying down a great sac bunt to put Bixler and Johnny Gomes on second and third. From there, the game was in the Nationals hands. With runners on second and third this season against Parnell, hitters are hitting .333 against him. Roger Bernadina was then walked to bring in the double play possibility.
Overall, this game was really exciting, but it made me realize two negative aspects about the roster next year:
- Lucas Duda doesn’t have the speed to be a full-time outfielder. Radio personalities and bloggers were saying that it’s alright that the Mets have a bad defense next year, as long as they can hit. But in these types of situation, the Lucas Dudas of the world really hurt you.
- Bobby Parnell is not the closer of the future. It’s over, just give the job to Beato so we can get on with this.
Shout out to Malcom: Thanks for the title!