Thursday, April 12, 2012

Recap: Game 6 - Nationals at Mets - Santana not good enough as Mets drop 2nd in a row

Final Score: Washington 4, New York 0

Stephen Strasburg outdueled Johan Santana on Wednesday afternoon and the Washington Nationals topped the New York Mets, 4-0, in the finale of a three-game series.

Strasburg (1-0) struck out nine and gave up just two hits and three walks in six innings. He went over 100 pitches for the first time in his career, with 63 of 108 going for strikes.

Twenty-four of those pitches came during the sixth, when Strasburg gave up a walk and a single, but Nats manager Davey Johnson left him in.

"I would have probably had to strangle him to get the ball out of his hand," Johnson joked.

Santana (0-1) took the loss despite allowing just one run on five hits and three walks over five-plus innings while striking out eight. The Mets dropped the last two games of the series after starting the season 4-0.

Strasburg and three other Nats pitchers struck out 15 batters in the three-hit shutout. Nationals batters drew 10 walks for the first time in almost three years and Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Larry Vanover during the game.

New York scored two runs on 10 hits in two games without third baseman David Wright, who fractured his right pinky finger on Monday night.

The Mets had a runner past second base just once against Strasburg and all three of their hits were singles.

"The one thing I want is to score more runs," said Collins. "We need to do a better job of that."

The Nationals got the only run they needed in the second inning after Mark DeRosa led off with a single, went to third on Xavier Nady's base hit and scored on a two-out wild pitch by Santana.

They scored once in each of the last three innings after Santana came out.

With one down in the seventh, Ian Desmond doubled and Danny Espinosa walked against Manny Acosta. Ramon Ramirez then walked Ryan Zimmerman and DeRosa to force in a run.

Chad Tracy knocked in a run on a ground out in the eighth after Nady and Flores both singled off Ramirez, and Tim Byrdak walked Flores with the bases loaded in the ninth.

Game Notes

The Nationals went 3-3 on a six-game road trip to start the season and will play the Reds on Thursday in their home opener. It will be their first of 11 straight games in Washington...The Mets will start a three-game series in Philadelphia on Friday...Washington posted 10 walks for the first time since a doing so in a 13-11 loss at

Philadelphia on April 27, 2009.

Box Score:

Ian Desmond SS512010002.370
Danny Espinosa 2B301000021.211
Ryan Zimmerman 3B411000012.227
Jayson Werth CF-RF301000011.273
Mark DeRosa LF211100030.077
Adam LaRoche 1B400000011.333
Xavier Nady RF512000001.267
  Henry Rodriguez P000000000.000
Jesus Flores C301100020.429
Stephen Strasburg P200000002.000
  Steve Lombardozzi PH100000000.333
  Ryan Mattheus P000000000.000
  Chad Tracy PH100100000.333
  Sean Burnett P000000000.000
  Brett Carroll PH-CF100000000.000
Ruben Tejada SS401000002.333
Daniel Murphy 2B301000010.320
Lucas Duda RF300000012.136
Ike Davis 1B401000002.050
Jason Bay LF300000002.158
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH100000001.250
  Miguel Batista P000000000.000
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
Josh Thole C300000010.429
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF300000012.250
Ronny Cedeno 3B300000002.429
Johan Santana P200000001.000
  Manny Acosta P000000000.000
  Scott Hairston LF100000001.222

E_D.Espinosa. LOB_Washington 14, NY Mets 8. 2B_I.Desmond. SB_X.Nady (1). CS_D.Espinosa. DP_NY Mets 1 (D.Murphy and R.Tejada).

Stephen Strasburg (W 1-0)6.0200390108-630.69
Ryan Mattheus (H 1)1.000012023-147.71
Sean Burnett (H 2)1.010002019-140.00
Henry Rodriguez1.000002014-80.00
Johan Santana (L 0-1)5.051138099-560.90
Manny Acosta1.111130026-126.00
Ramon Ramirez1.021121038-232.70
Jon Rauch0.20000002-20.00
Miguel Batista0.011110016-57.71
Tim Byrdak1.000011017-80.00

J.Santana pitched to 1 batter in the 6th. M.Batista pitched to 3 batters in the 9th.

HBP_by S.Strasburg (R.Cedeno), by M.Batista (J.Werth).
WP_S.Strasburg, J.Santana.
T_3:36. A_34614.
Umpires_Home,Larry Vanover; First, Tony Randazzo; Second, Todd Tichenor; Third, Brian Gorman.
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