Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Recap: Game 90 - Mets at Nationals - Mets continue the losing... in 10th Inning, 5-4

Nationals Park (Washington, D.C.)

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N.Y. Mets (46-44)00000000314110
Washington (52-36) «0000100112590

W: R. Mattheus (3-1) L: T. Byrdak (2-1)
HR: NYM - J. Valdespin (5)   WAS - T. Moore (5)

Ryan Zimmerman scored on a wild pitch in the 10th inning as the Washington Nationals took a wild 5-4 win over the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game series.

The Mets had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th on a Josh Thole RBI double, but the Nationals quickly tied it off of Tim Byrdak (2-1).

Jhonatan Solano singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sac bunt from Steve Lombardozzi. Bryce Harper then tied the game with a blistering triple to right field. Intentional walks to Zimmerman and Ian Desmond loaded the bases and Adam LaRoche hit into a fielder's choice that saw Harper forced out at home.

Pedro Beato then came on to face Tyler Moore and uncorked a pitch that got away from Thole and Zimmerman easily trotted home for the win.

The wild pitch made a winner out of Ryan Mattheus (3-1), who got the final out of the 10th inning. Ross Detwiler was in line for the win after pitching seven shutout innings that saw him give up just five hits while striking out four, but Tyler Clippard gave up the lead in the ninth inning.

Moore hit a solo home run while Danny Espinosa and Lombardozzi each drove in a run for the Nationals, who were coming off a four-game split with Miami.

Jordany Valdespin belted a pinch-hit three-run home run in the ninth inning while David Wright went 2-for-5 with a run scored for the Mets, who have dropped five straight. Jon Niese bounced back from a rough previous start that saw him give up seven runs as on Tuesday he yielded just one run on three hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings.

The Nationals held a 2-0 lead going into the ninth, but Clippard gave it up. Thole singled to start and Wright followed with a base hit. After Scott Hairston struck out, Valdespin clubbed a 1-2 changeup that hit off the top of the wall in right-center. An umpire review confirmed the on-field call and it was a 3-2 game.

The Nationals, though, sent the game to extras. Bobby Parnell was on the hill to close the game and got the first out, but Michael Morse singled and LaRoche followed suit with a single. After Moore struck out, Espinosa singled to center to tie the game.

In the 10th, Mike Gonzalez was on the hill for Washington and immediately gave up an infield single to David Murphy. A sac bunt from Kirk Nieuwenhuis moved Murphy to second, but Ruben Tejada flied out for the second out of the inning. However, Thole punched a double to left to score Murphy and give the Mets a 4-3 lead.

Moore's homer in the fifth was the only run of the game until Lombardozzi doubled home Mark DeRosa in the eighth inning.

Game Notes

Valdespin has just three hits in 20 at-bats as a pinch hitter this season, but all three hits have been home runs...Washington has won five of the seven games against New York this season...Jordan Zimmermann pitches for the Nationals on Wednesday while Chris Young will take the hill for the Mets.

Box Score:

Ruben Tejada SS501000000.324
Ronny Cedeno 2B300000000.258
  Josh Thole C212110000.276
David Wright 3B512010000.346
Scott Hairston RF401000003.251
Jason Bay LF300000000.179
  Jordany Valdespin PH-LF111300100.269
Ike Davis 1B401000001.205
Andres Torres CF401000000.224
Mike Nickeas C200000000.168
  Daniel Murphy PH-2B212010000.293
Jon Niese P200000002.222
  Justin Turner PH100000001.286
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis PH000000000.262
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
  Pedro Beato P000000000.000
Steve Lombardozzi 2B-LF401110001.267
Bryce Harper CF502101000.275
Ryan Zimmerman 3B410000012.254
Michael Morse RF401000001.290
  Ian Desmond PR-SS010000010.287
Adam LaRoche 1B501000001.257
Tyler Moore LF-RF411100101.308
Danny Espinosa SS-2B402100001.240
Jesus Flores C400000002.229
  Ryan Mattheus P000000000.000
Ross Detwiler P200000001.050
  Sean Burnett P000000000.000
  Roger Bernadina PH000000000.246
  Mark DeRosa PH010000010.122
  Tyler Clippard P000000000.000
  Mike Gonzalez P000000000.000
  Jhonatan Solano C111000000.314

LOB_NY Mets 5, Washington 7. 2B_J.Thole, D.Wright, D.Murphy, S.Lombardozzi. 3B_B.Harper. HR_J.Valdespin (5) off T.Clippard, T.Moore (5) off J.Niese. S_K.Nieuwenhuis, S.Lombardozzi. SB_M.DeRosa (1). GIDP_R.Cedeno, J.Bay. DP_Washington 2 (D.Espinosa, S.Lombardozzi and A.LaRoche), (S.Lombardozzi, D.Espinosa and A.LaRoche).

Jon Niese7.031108189-693.58
Ramon Ramirez0.20000009-73.53
Josh Edgin0.111110014-810.13
Bobby Parnell1.031102022-163.19
Tim Byrdak (L 2-1;B 2)0.222220017-74.44
Pedro Beato0.00000004-24.50
Ross Detwiler7.050004086-623.15
Sean Burnett (H 18)1.010001012-101.87
Tyler Clippard (B 2)1.033302127-192.45
Mike Gonzalez0.221100012-92.51
Ryan Mattheus (W 3-1)0.10000005-41.69

Pedro Beato pitched to 1 batter in the 10th.

IBB_off T.Byrdak (R.Zimmerman,I.Desmond).
WP_P.Beato, R.Detwiler.
T_3:13. A_26342.
Umpires_Home,Angel Hernandez; First, Mark Carlson; Second, Chris Conroy; Third, Tim Timmons.
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