After winning the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader, the Mets took on the Nationals in the night cap for the second game of the twin bill at 7:00 p.m. Zack Wheeler started for the Mets and opposed Gio Gonzalez.
Gonzalez used the strikeout pitch to his advantage, and one bad inning did Wheeler in, giving the Nationals a 3-0 win.
Sep 25, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) scores as New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) covers the plate after a passed ball in game two of a baseball doubleheader at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: H.Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports
Wheeler rolled through the first three innings and kept the Nats off the board, but in the fourth, Washington scored. The Nationals loaded the bases with nobody out and scored the first run of the game on a Tyler Moore fielder’s choice.
A second run was tacked on when Wheeler uncorked a wild pitch that brought in Wilson Ramos in from third. Wheeler almost avoided further trouble when he got two outs and two strikes on Anthony Rendon, but Wheeler hit him in the hand, which brought in a third run.
The Mets, on the other hand, could not solve Gonzalez. Daniel Murphy recorded the only hit for New York in the first five innings of the game. Gonzalez continued on into the seventh inning and still baffled hitters. He had just about every pitch working, which led to 12 strikeouts.
Daisuke Matsuzka relieved Wheeler in the sixth and struck out two and walked one over two scoreless frames.
The Mets put runners on in eighth, but couldn’t get the job done. Drew Storen put the finishing touches on the game in a quick 1-2-3 frame to end the game. With the win, the Nationals come away with two out of three wins in the series.
The Houston Astros come to Citi Field for the final three games of the season. Jon Niese will pitch against Brad Peacock at 7:10 p.m.