By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
August 7th, 2014
New York Mets vs Washington Nationals Post Game Recap
Final Score: Mets 3 Nationals 5
The New York Mets were unable to take the rubber-game of their series with the Washington Nationals on Thursday, as they were defeated in 13 innings. The loss moves the Mets to (54-61) on the season.
Rookie of the month for July, Jacob deGrom gave the Mets a quality start on Thursday, but didn’t factor in the decision in this game, but he did get some help from the lineup, as when he left the game he was on the hook for the loss. deGrom finished going six innings allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk. Ian Desmond feasted against deGrom, starting in the second inning with a two-run homerun that scored Adam LaRoche. In the fourth inning, Desmond would get his third RBI of the day with a base-hit that once again scored LaRoche.
Nationals starter, Jordan Zimmerman pitched pretty well on Thursday, but after running into some trouble in the seventh inning he was pulled with the lead and the bullpen would eventually let him down. In the third inning, a David Murphy RBI double would score deGrom for the Mets first run of the ball game. The seventh inning didn’t start out well for Zimmerman, as singles from Wilmer Flores and pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis would end Zimmerman’s day, and Drew Storen was called upon. Storen would start his appearance with a wild-pitch that allowed both runners to move into scoring position. A sac-fly from Eric Young Jr would score the Mets second run of the game, and then Curtis Granderson would hit a single to tie it up at three apiece.
In extra-innings the Mets offense would sputter, and the bullpen did the best it could to give them a chance to snap out of it, but the Nationals would finally score in the 13th. Bryce Harper, who has struggled lately, causing rumors of him being sent down to the minors, was able to hit a two-run homerun to propel the Nationals to victory. Carlos Torres was the man who served it up to Harper, and was handed his fifth loss of the season.
Next up for the Mets will be a trip to Philadelphia to face the Phillies, as Bartolo Colon (10-9, 4.12) will be facing A.J. Burnett (6-11, 4.16).