Thursday, July 19, 2012

Recap: Game 91 - Mets at Nationals - Same Old Song, Mets Lose Again 4-3


Nationals Park (Washington, D.C.)

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N.Y. Mets (46-45)000000102390
Washington (53-36) «00000220x490

W: J. Zimmermann (7-6) L: C. Young (2-4)
S: T. Clippard (15)

HR: NYM - D. Wright (12),J. Bay (5)   WAS - A. LaRoche (16)


Recap:
Jordan Zimmermann tossed six scoreless innings, Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer, and the Nationals escaped with a 4-3 win over the Mets on Wednesday.

Zimmermann (7-6) gave up four hits, struck out four and won his fourth straight decision. He did not issue a walk.

"He's been great all year for us," Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said of Zimmermann.

Tyler Clippard allowed two solo homers in the ninth inning -- to David Wright and Jason Bay -- before striking out Jordany Valdespin to record his 15th save of the year.

LaRoche's home run -- his 16th of the season -- came in the bottom of the sixth and Steve Lombardozzi added a two-run double the next inning.

The Nationals will look for the sweep of this three-game series on Thursday.

The Mets, meanwhile, saw their season-high losing streak reach six games. They have lost five of their last six series against Washington dating back to last season.

Chris Young (2-4) was charged with two runs on six hits over six innings and lost his third straight start. He walked one and struck out two.

Andres Torres had a seventh-inning RBI single in the setback.

"I don't think we're gonna sit here and feel sorry for ourselves," said Young. "You make your own luck. And we will."

Valdespin hit a pinch-hit, ninth-inning homer in Tuesday's series opener, which the Mets lost in extras. But he was one of three strikeout victims for Clippard on Wednesday, who worked around Wright's leadoff shot and Bay's two- out blast down the left field line. Both homers came off of a first-pitch fastball.

In the seventh, Lombardozzi doubled off the wall in right, scoring Jesus Flores and Roger Bernadina after they reached with consecutive two-out singles. Bernadina's base hit ricocheted off of pitcher Miguel Batista and escaped into left field.

LaRoche also struck with two down, belting a 1-2 slider from Young into the stands in left-center. Harper singled earlier in the frame.

"I didn't think it was a bad pitch. It wasn't like I missed my spot," Young said.

Game Notes

Washington improved to 9-3 at home this season against the National League East...The last time the Mets lost six in a row was from September 10-15, 2011...Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada went 0-for-4 and saw his six-game hit streak come to an end.

Box Score:


NY MetsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Ruben Tejada SS400000001.317
Daniel Murphy 2B400000000.289
  Mike Nickeas C000000000.168
David Wright 3B413110100.351
Ike Davis 1B400000002.202
Lucas Duda RF411010002.246
Jason Bay LF412100101.195
Andres Torres CF301100000.226
  Jordany Valdespin PH100000001.266
Josh Thole C200000000.273
  Ronny Cedeno PH-2B100000000.256
Chris Young P201010001.182
  Miguel Batista P000000000.000
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Scott Hairston PH101010000.255
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
Totals3439340208
WashingtonABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Steve Lombardozzi 2B401210000.267
Bryce Harper CF-RF412000000.278
Ryan Zimmerman 3B401010001.254
Adam LaRoche 1B311200111.257
Michael Morse RF401000001.289
  Tyler Clippard P000000000.000
Tyler Moore LF400000001.293
Danny Espinosa SS201000000.241
Jesus Flores C311000000.230
Jordan Zimmermann P200000001.229
  Tom Gorzelanny P000000000.500
  Roger Bernadina PH111000000.252
  Sean Burnett P000000000.000
  Rick Ankiel CF000000000.228
Totals3149420115


LOB_NY Mets 4, Washington 5. 2B_D.Wright, L.Duda, C.Young, S.Hairston, S.Lombardozzi, R.Zimmerman. HR_D.Wright (12) off T.Clippard, J.Bay (5) off T.Clippard, A.LaRoche (16) off C.Young. CS_D.Espinosa. GIDP_I.Davis, T.Moore. DP_NY Mets 2 (D.Wright, D.Murphy and I.Davis), (A.Torres and I.Davis); Washington 1 (S.Lombardozzi, D.Espinosa and A.LaRoche).

NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Chris Young (L 2-4)6.062212192-644.11
Miguel Batista0.232201014-94.33
Josh Edgin0.10000003-29.00
Jon Rauch1.000002021-183.82
WashingtonIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Jordan Zimmermann (W 7-6)6.040004095-682.35
Tom Gorzelanny (H 7)1.021100025-153.95
Sean Burnett (H 19)1.010001015-91.82
Tyler Clippard (S 15)1.022203216-112.83


HBP_by C.Young (D.Espinosa).
WP_J.Rauch.
T_2:56. A_31660.
Umpires_Home,Mark Carlson; First, Chris Conroy; Second, Tim Timmons; Third, Angel Hernandez.
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