By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Sunday, May 18th, 2014
New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals
Post Game Recap
The Mets struggles continued Sunday afternoon against the Nationals, losing 6-3 and dropping yet another series. This was the fifth series of May, and the Mets have compiled a series record of 0-4-1, with the tie being the split of the Subway Series earlier in the week.
Today Zack Wheeler struggled yet again. He gave up five runs, three of which were earned, which makes two straight starts he has surrendered at least five runs. He surrendered six hits and two walks over his six innings to go with five strikeouts. The month of May has been rough on Wheeler. If you take out his six shutout innings against the Miami Marlins, he has given up 17 runs, 12 earned, in 14.1 innings.
The Nationals who hurt the Mets most today once again was Ian Desmond and Wilson Ramos. Desmond was the only player to do any damage Saturday against the Mets, and once again today he launched a homer, his seventh of the season. He finished the game 2-4.
Ramos has hit the Mets well his entire career and it continued today. He carries .365 career average against the Mets, and today went 2-3 with four RBI. He drove in two with a double in the fourth inning and another two in the fifth inning with the bases loaded.
Jordan Zimmermann did not have his best stuff today for the Nationals on the bump, but he did record a quality start and get the win. He lasted six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks to go with one strikeout.
The bullpen came in and then was lights out for the Nationals, as Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano threw three perfect innings, striking out two.
The Mets really hurt themselves this afternoon running the bases. They ran themselves out of innings with mental breakdowns on the base paths. In the first inning with men on first and third and Lucas Duda coming to the plate, Murphy strayed too far off of third and was thrown out. Duda then led the next inning off with a double, which would have scored at least one, if not both runners.
Juan Centeno, catching because of Travis d’Arnaud concussion, produced two two-out RBI singles. On his second, he got greedy and attempted to take second base but was easily thrown out. Juan Lagares was stranded at third, ruining the Mets rally with Zimmermann on the ropes.
The Mets will have the day off Monday before a brutal stretch of 20 games in 20 days. The first series will start Tuesday at Citi Field as the Los Angeles Dodgers will be coming to town. Rafael Montero (0-1, 4.50 ERA) will be making his second career start against Josh Beckett (1-1, 2.38 ERA).