Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals
Post Game Recap
Winning Pitcher: Doug Fister (11-3, 2.49 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Jon Niese (5-8, 3.51 ERA)
The Nationals were able to exact some revenge on the Mets Wednesday night, as they were able to dump the Mets 7-1. The Mets fell behind right from the start, and were unable to bounce back as the Nationals jumped out on Jon Niese early.
The Nationals attacked Niese early and often in the count, as they jumped out on anything close. The strategy worked, as they put up a 3-spot in the bottom of the first inning. A Jayson Werth RBI single was followed with an Adam LaRoche two-run homer. LaRoche would add another home run in the eighth inning to give the Nationals a 7-1 lead.
Niese was able to bounce back a bit and keep the Mets in the game, as he then fired off four straight innings of shutout baseball. But once again he was done in by the long ball, as Danny Espinosa launched a three-run homer, his seventh of the season, in the sixth inning.
Niese was able to finish out the sixth inning to end his night with an unsightly final line of six runs allowed on eight hits and two walks to go with two strikeouts. This was Niese’s fourth consecutive loss since coming off the DL, the first time he has lost that many times in a row in his career. He has struggled mightily over those last four starts, surrendering 18 runs, 16 of which were earned, in 25 innings. He has seen his ERA rise from 2.96 to 3.51 over that span.
For the Mets offensively, they were shut down by Doug Fister throughout the night. In his first season with the Nationals, Fister has been phenomenal and tonight was no different. He tossed 7.1 strong innings, surrendering only one unearned run off of an Anthony Rendon error. He allowed only six hits and no walks to go along with seven strikeouts in his time on the mound.
There were some Mets that had some success tonight at the plate, as Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda were both able to register multi-hit games. This is three straight games Murphy has gotten multiple hits in a game, and seventh in his last 10. He has raised his average from .287 to .302 with his torrid pace, making him the only Met to be over .300 currently.
The Mets and Nationals will square off Thursday afternoon in a matinee rubber game. Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.77 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Amazins’ and will be opposed by the Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.00 ERA).