Nationals 0, Mets 2
Jordan Zimmermann struggled with control, walking 3 batters in a 96 pitch 4 inning start. Zim only gave up 2 hits and 2 earned runs, but his pitch count (thanks to a few errors) was growing and he was not at his best.
The Nats didn't have much offense all day, and the 2 times they did it was ruined by player decision making. Let's take a look at these 2 key plays:
Denard Span led off the top of the 6th inning by drawing a walk. With one out and Bryce Harper at the plate, Span was tricked into running to second base on a pitch in the dirt that was picked cleanly by Mets catcher John Buck. Buck threw out Span by a mile, and that second out proved to be costly.
Bryce Harper walked followed by an Adam LaRoche walk, and what could have been bases loaded with 1 out turned into first and second with 2 outs. That was a huge difference and a big momentum killer as Ian Desmond struck out looking to end the inning.
Then, in the top of the 8th inning when a Lombardozzi single and a Span walk put the Nats on first and second with no outs, Jayson Werth made a decision that proved to be costly. With a 3-0 count and Bryce Harper waiting on deck, Werth surprisingly swung at the next pitch and grounded to a crushing double play. Werth was upset with himself after the game and Davey Johnson refused to talk about it, but it was a mental mistake which have been all too common this season.
Anthony Rendon made his major league debut. He made a nice grab in foul territory but also committed an error and went hitless in 4 at bats.
The Nats come home tomorrow and look to get their heads back in check as they face the dreaded Cardinals. It doesn't get any easier.