Wild Night In Washington For Harper's Homeboyz

DC Sports Nexus ---- Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Nationals 5, Mets 4

Get it...Wild night...

In a back and forth game featuring 9th and 10th inning comebacks by Washington, the Nationals defeated the Mets 5-4 in front of a crowd that refused to leave the ballpark.  Tyler Clippard blew a save in the 9th, but a clutch Bryce Harper RBI triple and a wild pitch by the Mets in the 10th with 2 outs, 2 strikes, and the bases loaded, gave the Nats the 5-4 win at Nats Park on Tuesday night.

Screengrab from MASN

Ross Detwiler pitched a brilliant game and any time he had runners on base he pitched out of the situation unharmed.  Detwiler gave up only 5 hits through 7 innings and shutout the Mets in a performance that had the fans as well as Bob Carpenter going crazy.

Tyler Moore hit a homer in the 5th that cleared the right field fence by only a foot or two.  That was the rookie's 5th homer on the season and he has been on fire since being re-called up from the minors in early June.  He has hit in 15 and been on base in 18 out of the 22 games he has played in since returning with the team.

A Mark DeRosa stolen base followed by a Steve Lombardozzi double gave the Nats an insurance run in the 8th.

Stunner 1:  That is when the Mets stunned the crowd.  Tyler Clippard came on for the save with the 2 run lead and gave up 2 singles to put the go-ahead run at the plate. He struck out the next batter but followed that up by giving up a 3 run homerun, blowing the save.

Stunner 2:  The Nats comeback came in the bottom of the 9th.  With a surprise 9th inning appearance by Ian Desmond as a pinch runner, a hit and run put Dezzy on 3rd base with 1 out.  Tyler Moore struck out but Danny Espinosa saved the day after a great at bat, singling in Desmond to send the game to extra innings.

Stunner 3:  Mike Gonzalez gave up an RBI double in the next inning and the Nats looked like they were going to lose a tough one at home.

Stunner 4:  The Nats shocked the crowd again in the bottom of the 10th when Bryce Harper saved the day with an RBI triple.  Two intentional walks and a force at home later, the ball was at the backstop and Ryan Zimmerman was touching home plate for the win.

Closer Situation: Clip has given up 8 hits, walked 2, and gave up 4 runs in his last 5 appearances, the one on Tuesday a blown save.  Davy has said that Clip will be the man when Storen returns, but the current closer is doing a lot of things that may have Davy begin to reconsider.

Sidenote:  The Nats first round pick Lucas Giolito joined Bob & FP in the booth.  FP said the kid who just turned 18 a few days ago received a congratulatory text from Samuel L. Jackson when he was drafted. (And FP may have got the story wrong, he probably meant tweet)

The Nats face the Mets again on Wednesday night...Braves are coming...

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