The first meeting between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals felt really important for such an early season series. A sweep spearheaded by a couple of grand slams set the tone for how the NL East will play out in 2018.
At 7-1, the New York Mets are the best team in the National League. Over the weekend, they continued the hot streak against the Washington Nationals.
Game 1- April 5, 2018
A chilly series in Washington started on a Thursday afternoon with a pitching matchup for the ages. Jacob deGrom versus Stephen Strasburg sounds like a pitchers duel waiting to happen, but the New York Mets would have no part of it.
The offense made its presence known in the top of the second inning when Jay Bruce landed himself a leadoff double and advanced to third on an Adrian Gonzalez groundout. Strasburg balked, forcing in the first run of the game. 1-0 Mets.
Mets bats were silent until the 4th inning when Yoenis Cespedes leadoff with his third home run of the year. An absolute rocket to left center. 2-0 Mets.
The top of the 5th started with a single from Kevin Plawecki, who advanced to second on a groundout by Reyes. It wouldn’t matter though, as the next man up was none other than Michael Conforto. In his first game back with the team, Conforto launched a 2 run home run, his first of many for the 2018 New York Mets. 4-2 Mets.
Adrian Gonzalez added on a single in the 6th, but nothing more.
Here’s where things get interesting.
The seventh inning started with a leadoff double by Brandon Nimmo. Conforto took a walk, followed by Cespedes in the same fashion, bringing up Bruce. Bruce got a hold of one and sent it out for a grand slam.
That about did it for the offense, aside from a late ninth-inning single from Cabrera, for a team total of eight hits on the day.
The Mets took game one from the Nats, 8-2.