The Mets got back to New York after 2 am on Thursday after playing a night game the day before in Miami. They were even held up about 30-45 minutes postgame in Miami while Dominic Smith chugged enough water to be able to complete a drug test. Robinson’s Cano GPS made him get lost and he ended up getting home at 5am. The team seemed tired and it showed in their 4-0 loss to the Washington Nationals.
In the pre-game ceremony Jacob deGrom received the loudest cheers. Rookie, Pete Alonso also received several cheers from Mets fans. Among the coaches, Chili Davis received the loudest cheers.
The match up was Noah Syndergaard vs. Stephen Strasburg. Both pitchers carried a no hitter through 5 innings until Ramos laced a single to right field. Despite having a no hitter the Mets were still trailing the Nationals by 1 run because of back to back walks, a wild pitch and safety squeeze by Wilmer Difo that scored Juan Soto.
The Mets had their chance to score in the bottom of the 5th inning after Wilson Ramos singled to left field and Amed Rosario reached on a fielding error. With one out Juan Lagares struck out. With two outs Noah Syndergaard stepped to the plate and struck out as well.
The very next inning Syndergaard gave up his first hit of the game. It was a very costly hit as Victor Robles homered to left field. The Mets threatened again in the bottom of the 7th when Jeff Mcneil singled to right field followed by a Rosario single up the middle. With two outs the Mets went to their bench and had Dom Smith set to face Strasburg. The Nationals countered with a lefty, Matt Grace. Mickey Callaway then pinched hit J.D Davis for Smith to get that Righty, Lefty matchup. In Davis’ at bat he looked lost at the plate and was called out on strikes.
The score remained 2-0 until the top of the 9th. Seth Lugo was in to pitch. He gave up a double to Anthony Rendon, a single to Soto and a sacrifice fly to Ryan Zimmerman to make the game 3-0. The Mets finally changed pitchers and replaced Lugo with Tim Peterson. Peterson threw a wild pitch and Soto advanced to second. Yan Gomes then singled to centerfield. Difo followed with a single to left field. Soto scored to make the game 4-0.
In the bottom of the 9th with one out Wilson Ramos singled to right field. Ramos is 10-for-21 with the Mets to start the season. The next two batters were retired and the Mets lost by the score of 4-0.
The Mets next game is tomorrow (Saturday) April 6th at 1:10pm.