This was quite the game; it went from Jonathon Niese and Ross Detwiler dueling through seven innings, to hitters on both sides coming up with big hits with their backs against the wall in the late innings, to ultimately a wild pitch being the difference.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
New York was quiet throughout most of the game, squandering prime opportunities to score in the 7th (David Wright on third, no outs) and 8th innings (Daniel Murphy on third, one out). Josh Thole and Wright led off the 9th against Tyler Clippard with back-to-back singles. Terry Collins pinch hit Jordany Valdespin for Jason Bay, and it paid off, with the lefty hitting a hanging changeup out to right center field, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. After the Nats tied it in the bottom of the inning, Murphy led off the 10th with an infield single, then moved to second on a bunt by Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Thole made it hurt with the go-ahead RBI double.
Nationals Offensive Highlights:
Tyler Moore broke the scoreless tie in the fifth inning with an opposite field home run off Niese, his fifth of the season. They put together an insurance run in the 8th against Josh Edgin, as Mark DeRosa walked and stole second, scoring on a Steve Lombardozzi double. With two outs and two strikes on him in the 9th, Danny Espinosa hit a fastball to center after seeing nothing but curveballs from Bobby Parnell. Bryce Harper was at it again in the late innings against the Mets, as he ripped an RBI triple to right center to tie the game in the 10th. Byrdak then loaded the bases to bring up Adam LaRoche with one out. He grounded to Ike Davis, gunning out Harper at home, but Pedro Beato threw a breaking ball to the backstop to send the Mets to their fifth straight loss.
The Mets needed Jonathon Niese to be a stopper tonight, and he couldn’t have done a better job. The southpaw went 7 innings, giving up only 3 hits and 1 run, walking no one and striking out 8 hitters. Ramon Ramirez and Edgin followed Niese in the 8th, and Parnell couldn’t notch the save down in the 9th. Tim Byrdak entered in the 10th. Beato followed the lefty and eventually allowed the winning run to score on a wild pitch.
Ross Detwiler was even better in his 7 innings, shutting the Mets out, allowing 5 hits, no walks, and 4 strikeouts himself. Sean Burnett pitched a scoreless 8th, followed by Clippard’s first blown save in 15 chances. Mike Gonzalez couldn’t keep the Mets bats quiet, and Ryan Matteus bailed him out, getting the final out in the inning.
Josh Thole and Daniel Murphy both appeared as pinch hitters late in the game and stayed on to play the field, and combined for four of the Mets 11 hits. In addition to those two, Wright also enjoyed a multi-hit game. Bobby Parnell threw eight straight curveballs during his inning of work in the 9th.
The loss marks the fifth straight on the short side for the Mets, their longest losing streak of the season, dropping their season record to 46-44.
Probable Pitchers Wednesday:
Chris Young (2-3, 4.28 ERA) will be making his second start after the All-Star break, hoping he will fare better than his 3-inning outing in Atlanta. He will pitch opposite of Jordan Zimmerman (6-6, 2.48 ERA). First pitch at Nationals Park is scheduled for 7:05p.
Topics: Bobby Parnell Blown Save, Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Danny Espinosa, David Wright, Game Recap, Jonathon Niese, Jordany Valdespin, Josh Thole, Matt Musico, Mets Game Recap, New York Mets, Pedro Beato, Rising Apple, Tyler Moore