Sep 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span (2) rounds the bases in front of New York Mets starting pitcher Carlos Torres (52) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

9/9 Game Recap: Mets Blasted By Nationals 9-0

Tonight at Citi Field, Carlos Torres pitched, the Nationals hit, and that was pretty much all she wrote in the Mets’ 9-0 loss.

The Nationals erupted out of the gate, as Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman hit back to back homers in the first inning before Torres recorded an out.

In the third inning, Torres gave up a 3 run homer to Jayson Werth as the Nats expanded their lead to 5-0.  Torres was right back at it in the fourth, surrendering another bomb -  a solo shot by Tyler Moore that made it 6-0 Nationals.

Greg Burke relieved Torres in the fifth, and picked up right where Torres left off, serving up a 3 run blast to Wilson Ramos as Washington’s lead ballooned to 9-0.

While the Mets’ pitchers were getting annihilated, their bats were doing nothing.  Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez took a no hitter into the bottom of the seventh, but his bid was broken up when Zach Lutz (who was pinch hitting) lined a leadoff single down the first base line.

Lutz’s hit was the only one the Mets would get, as Gio Gonzalez tossed a complete game shutout.

Highlights:

  • Carlos Torres got the start for the Mets and got crushed.  In 4 innings of work, he gave up 6 runs on 5 hits (including 4 home runs).  He walked 2 and struck out 4.

Thoughts:

As ugly as tonight’s game was to watch, it comes down to this:  The Mets started a pitcher who won’t be starting for the team in 2014, and relieved him with someone (Greg Burke) who has a miniscule chance of being on the club next year.  Those two pitchers gave up 9 runs, and that was the game.

Next Up:

The Mets and Nationals play the second game of their four game set tomorrow night.  Dillon Gee gets the start for New York.  He’ll be opposed by Jordan Zimmermann.

 

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