This afternoon the Mets fell to the Nationals, 13-2.
The day started full of promise and excitement as Zack Wheeler was set to make his first start at Citi Field. Wheeler retired the Nationals in order in the first inning. In the bottom of the inning Daniel Murphy doubled and David Wright walked but Gio Gonzalez was able to work out of trouble and the Mets did not score.
The second inning started with a home run by Adam LaRoche, followed by a Nationals rally that would bring three more runs across the plate. Jayson Werth homered in the third inning to make it 5-0 Nationals.
Wheeler threw another 1-2-3 inning in the fourth and managed to get two outs in the fifth before he was pulled with runners on first and third in favor of David Aardsma. Wheeler gave up 5 earned runs in 4.2 innings; he walked 2 and struck out 5.
A David Wright double in the fourth inning provided the only Mets baserunner between the first inning and the seventh inning. Zach Lutz walked to start the bottom of the seventh and Josh Satin followed with a single. Lutz made it to third base on a John Buck line-out but was stranded there when Juan Lagares popped out and Omar Quintanilla grounded out.
Washington scored 6 more runs in the eighth inning. Brandon Lyon was able to get two outs while only giving up a double to Werth but then gave up a double to Roger Bernadina, home run to Kurt Suzuki, and doubles to Denard Span and Anthony Rendon. Scott Rice gave up a single to Ryan Zimmerman that brought in the 11th run of the game.
The last Mets pitcher of the day was Anthony Recker, yes that Anthony Recker. He gave up a two run home run but then settled in and got three outs in row.
John Buck homered in the bottom of the ninth after a Josh Satin double, finally getting the Mets on the board.
- Citi Field drew over 33,000 fans for the second highest attendance of the season
- Andrew Brown and Eric Young Jr. each made an impressive diving catch
- Anthony Recker pitched
- Josh Satin had two more hits
Zack Wheeler is entitled to growing pains and today that certainly showed. In his last start he struggled with tipping pitches and that may have still been an issue today. Fortunately for Wheeler, the Mets, and the fans now everybody can simply focus on Zack’s development and adjustments and not first MLB starts or first home starts or any other milestone starts for a while. It is not time to make ‘Wheeler Day’ a thing yet and hopefully everybody will realize it is time to just let him pitch without the fanfare for a while.