After trailing 3-1 as early as the third inning, the Mets made a frantic comeback attempt in the eighth inning. The Nationals tacked on a few insurance runs in the middle innings, setting the score at 5-1. A double-play in the sixth would add another Mets run, setting up for the monstrous eighth. Robinson Cano, Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario, Wilson Ramos, and Juan Lagares all hit key singles in the eighth inning to tie the game at 5-5. Justin Wilson pitched another 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the eighth to keep the game tied, but he could not lock down the ninth, as he gave up a walk-off home run to Trea Turner.
Here are some notes from today’s game:
-Zack Wheeler pitched better than his line of 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO might suggest. Aside from a 4-pitch period where he gave up a double, single, and 3-run home run in the third inning, he pitched particularly well. However, his four runs proved costly to the Mets.
-Keon Broxton made the most of his start in center field. He finished the day with 2 hits, a walk, and 2 stolen bases before he was removed from the game in a double-switch.
-Some strange lineup moves hurt the Mets against the Nationals today. J.D. Davis (who was in the lineup over Jeff McNiel) left 2 men on base, and backup catcher Tomas Nido left another 3 on base.
-Relief pitcher Robert Gsellman struggled in his 2019 debut by pitching up in the zone, which is not his strongsuit. He finished his dissapointing day with a line of 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER. Luis Avilan came in to record a strikeout for Gsellmen, but he too gave up a hit in the bottom of the seventh inning, leaving the game with runners on first and second. Tim Peterson induced a fly ball to right field, which allowed the Mets to escape the seventh unscathed.
-Pete Alonso continued his hot streak, going 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI double.
-The Mets strung together 13 hits, but left a whopping 16 men on base to take the loss today. They win the series, 2-1.
-Looking ahead to tonight’s game against Miami, the Mets could possibly be without Lugo, Gsellman, and Wilson. That leaves ace relievers Familia and Diaz available, but it leaves the Mets lacking middle-inning relievers.