Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Saturday, May 17, 2014
New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals
Post Game Recap
The Mets were able to bounce back against their division-rival Nationals Saturday night, winning the 5-2. The Mets offense was able to produce enough early on, scoring all five runs in the first three innings, and the pitching staff did their job to get the Mets back in the win column after three straight losses.
The driving force offensively this afternoon was Juan Lagares. This was only his second start in six games, and he made the most of his opportunity. He went 2-4 from the plate, one of which was a two-run homer in the third inning. In the first inning he also singled in Chris Young. Lagares may have been out of the lineup frequently recently, but it is safe to say he will be making an appearance in the lineup card tomorrow for the series finale.
The other Met to do damage tonight was Eric Campbell, who received his second start since being called up a week ago. He did some damage as well, going 2-4 and knocking in the first two Mets’ runs on the afternoon with a single in the first inning.
The Mets were able to get to Gio Gonzalez, who had his second straight poor outing. Today he lasted only three innings, giving up seven hits and two walks that resulted in the five runs the Mets scored in the game. He did manage four strikeouts, but the Mets did enough damage.
On the contrary, Bartolo Colon took the mound for the Mets and tossed arguably his best game since becoming a Met. He tossed eight innings, the longest outing of the season thus far, surrendering only two runs on five hits and one walk. He added five strikeouts as well to round out his stat line.
Jenrry Mejia was given an opportunity to close out his first MLB game, and he did a fine job. He surrendered a single to start off the ninth inning, but bounced back strongly afterwards. He struck out two of the next three hitters he faced, with an Ian Desmond groundout to shortstop sandwiched in between.
Prior to that, Desmond was the only National that was able to do any damage against the Mets. He went 2-4 in the game, knocking in the only two National runs in the game on his two-run homer in the fourth inning.
Next up for the Mets will be the series finale against the Nationals. Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.53 ERA) will look to get his season back on track and will be opposed by Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 3.59 ERA) for the 1:35 PM matinee start.