Today at Citi Field, the Mets fell to the Nationals by the score of 7 to 6. The Nats jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against Jeremy Hefner, who was removed after the fourth inning. In the second, Ian Desmond hit a solo homer to put the Nats on the board. The next inning, Bryce Harper blasted a two run shot to make it 3-0 Nats.
The Mets fought back in the fourth, plating five runs. With two outs, Collin Cowgill drove in two. That was followed by another two run single off the bat of Justin Turner. Daniel Murphy then singled to right field to make it 5-3 Mets.
The Mets’ lead was short lived. Aaron Laffey entered for the top of the fifth, and after retiring the first two batters, allowed two runners to reach before serving up an opposite field three run homer to Adam LaRoche. The Mets evened things in the seventh on an RBI double from John Buck. The Nats struck back quickly again, though, as Bryce Harper greeted Josh Edgin with a leadoff solo homer in the eighth. That closed out the scoring.
- Jeremy Hefner was poor once again, giving up three runs in four innings. He walked three and allowed two homers. His ERA on the year sits at 7.07
- Both Collin Cowgill and Justin Turner drove in two runs.
- Josh Edgin continues to struggle. He gave up the winning run when Bryce Harper launched a solo shot off of him in the eighth.
The Mets are 1-7 when anyone besides Matt Harvey or Jonathon Niese starts the game. That’s brutal. Simply put, neither Jeremy Hefner or Aaron Laffey are major league caliber pitchers. Laffey is almost impossibly bad. It’s stunning that he hasn’t yet been removed from the roster.