Weak Hitting, Bad Defense, Propel Mets to 6-2 Loss

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Tonight at Citi Field, the Mets seemed done from the start. Dillon Gee took the mound for the Mets against Nationals starter Ross Detwiler. The Mets were without Ike Davis, who doctors are monitoring for valley fever, and David Wright. It was announced before the game that Wright would sit, and later in the game that David has a fractured finger and will be in a splint. There is still no timetable for his return. On that note…

The game started off with a bang for the Nats, with Ian Desmond hitting his first home run of the year to left field, giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Gee was pitching well, mixing in some nice curve balls with his usual repertoire of pitches. He was somewhat impressive for his first start. He gave up a few hits, especially later in the game, which ended up costing him and the Mets the game.

The rally for the Nationals started in the sixth with a leadoff double by Ryan Zimmerman. Then, after a strikeout by Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth hit an RBI single that drove Zimmerman in, extending the lead to two. Dillon Gee left the game after giving up a single to Xavier Nady, putting runners on first and second with one out. Bobby Parnell came in to pitch– and wasn’t exactly helped by the defense behind him. Daniel Murphy made a brutal error, costing the Mets a run and allowing the inning and rally to continue. The next batter, Wilson Ramos, capitalized, hitting a double to deep right field, scoring Xavier Nady and putting the Nationals up 4-0.

The Nats struck again in the seventh, with Jayson Werth, who was 4-5 today, hitting a single that drove in Ryan Zimmerman. Thankfully, the damage was limited in that inning and the Mets escaped giving up only that one run.

Finally in the seventh, the Mets scored their first run of the game on a Justin Turner RBI single scoring Jason Bay. Bay was 1-4 with a double on the night. They scored again in the eighth when Ronny Cedeno, the last minute fill-in for David Wright, hit a double scoring Ruben Tejada. Cedeno led the Mets with three hits on the night. However, there was nothing the Mets could do to muster up enough offense to get the job done. They went on to lose 6-2.

What will be the hot topic from this game? Daniel Murphy’s defense. He made some awful plays out there at second, botching two double plays that costed the Mets runs. It won’t affect him though. Terry Collins is going to stick with his guy, even if he could move him to third to replace the injured Wright.

The Mets play the Nats again tomorrow in what should be a great game at 1:10. Stephen Strasburg will face off against Johan Santana.

About Connor O'Brien
I'm a 17 year-old blogger, high school student, and lifelong Mets fan. I've been blogging about the Mets in some form or another for about four years. I embrace the new age, sabermetric way of thinking, but also recognize the importance of scouting and player devlopment.

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