Despite being backed by a brilliant outing by Chris R. Young (7 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, and 5 K), the Mets bullpen blew the lead, and eventually the deciding game. The game was tied going into the 11th inning, but the Nationals bats came alive. Pudge Rodriguez singled to knock in the first run, and then Laynce Nix came to bat, and smacked a 3-run homerun to put the nail in the coffin. Mets reliever Blaine Boyer surrendered all 4 runs, and was rightfully saddled with the loss. Boyer is 0-2 this season, and the 4 earned-run balloons his ERA up to 10.80 (8 earned-runs in 6.6 IP).
Series Highlights for the Mets:
- Josh Thole went 2-3, with a walk, and run scored (Game 1)
- Lucas Duda had a pinch-hit RBI-double (Game 1)
- Carlos Beltran went 2-4, with 2 HR’s, 3 RBI, 3 R (Game 2)
- Jose Reyes went 1-4 with a 2B, SB (third of the season), BB, 2 RBI, and 1 R (Game 2)
- Ike Davis went 2-3 with a 3B, 2 RBI, 1 R (Game 2)
- Chris Capuano pitched 6 innings, giving up 7 hits, 4 earned-runs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts, and notched the win (Game 2)
- Jose Reyes went 3-5 with 1 run (Game 3)
- Ike Davis went 2-4 with a BB, and 1 RBI (Game 3)
- Lucas Duda stole his first base of the season (Game 3)
- Chris R. Young pitched 7 innings, surrendering just 1 hit, 1 earned-run, 2 walks, and struck-out 5 batters (Game 3)
The loss today puts the Mets below the .500 mark (4-5) as they turn to their next series against the Colorado Rockies. Mike Pelfrey will search for his first win while the Mets hope to get back on track in their second home series of the season.