Clippard Scares, LaRoche Bombs, Nats Win

DC Sports Nexus ---- Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Nationals 4, Mets 3

Adam LaRoche sent a two run shot to the centerfield bleachers and the Washington Nationals went on to defeat the New York Mets 4-3 on Wednesday night at Nats Park.  The Nats have won the series against the Mets for the 3rd time out of 3 on the season.

Jordan Zimmermann pitched 6 innings of shutout baseball, the 2nd straight day the Nats starter has blanked the Mets.  Zimm struck out 4 and only gave up 4 hits on the night.  The Mets pitcher Chris Young was having an equally impressive day, but the slumping Adam LaRoche jacked out a bomb to give the Nats the 2-0 lead and knocked Chris Young out of the game when the inning was over.

The Mets knocked in a run against Gorzelanny, but Steve Lombardozzi came back in the bottom of the frame with a 2 out 2 run RBI double to plate some insurance runs for the Nattys.  No starter, no problem.

With a 4-1 lead, in came Tyler Clippard.  Clip blew a save on the previous night and it was looking like deja vu all over again.  Clippard gave up a homer to David Wright, and then after 2 strikeouts Jason Bay crushed a homer down the left field line.  Clip struck out the next batter to save his own save, his 15th of the year.  Zim got his 7th win (7-6).

Clip has given up 10 hits, walked 2, and gave up 6 runs in his last 6 appearances...Drew Storen anyone?

Every Nats starter had a hit on the night except for Tyler Moore and the pitcher.  Bryce Harper had 2 hits and a baserunning mistake where he got doubled up on a flyball.  Nats go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, day game...

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