Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Recap: Game 96 - Nationals at Mets - The Losing Continues for the Mets


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Final 10th12345678910RHE
Washington (56-39) «2000000006890
N.Y. Mets (47-49)0001001000281

W: T. Gorzelanny (3-2) L: T. Byrdak (2-2)
HR: WAS - B. Harper (9),M. Morse (6)   NYM - D. Wright (15),I. Davis (15)

Recap:
Bryce Harper drove in the go-ahead run as part of a six-run 10th inning to lead Washington in an 8-2 win over New York in the opener of a three-game set.

Harper also had a solo home run while Ryan Zimmerman added a three-run double in the 10th and Michael Morse followed with a two-run homer to help the Nationals win a third consecutive game. Tom Gorzelanny (3-2) got the win for getting the final two outs of the ninth and working a scoreless 10th inning.

David Wright and Ike Davis hit solo home runs for the Mets, who have lost four straight and 10 of 11.

Neither starter factored in the decision despite both pitching well. Jordan Zimmermann went six innings for Washington and gave up just one run on four hits with six strikeouts, while Chris Young gave up two runs on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over seven innings for the Mets.

The Nats took the lead and then some in the 10th. With Tim Byrdak (2-2) on the mound, Roger Bernadina led off with a single. Sandy Leon then hit a grounder back to the mound and Byrdak quickly went to second, but Ruben Tejada was unable to hold on to the ball and everyone was safe.

"I tried to make the jump and turn too fast," said Tejada. "They had a really good runner coming to second, but that's no excuse because I have to make those routine plays."

Pedro Beato then took the mound and Mark DeRosa laid down a bunt that was fielded by Beato and he got the force out at third. Steve Lombardozzi, though, then singled to load the bases and Harper drove in the go-ahead run with a single to right. Ryan Zimmerman then cleared the bases with a double to center and Morse followed with a shot over the wall in center for an 8-2 lead.

"I just wanted to make sure I didn't hit into a double play there," said Harper. "Got a good pitch to swing at and I was just trying to get it into the outfield."

The Mets were unable to get any across in the bottom portion.

The Nats struck quickly in the opening frame to take the lead as Lombardozzi led off with a single and came home when Harper drilled a full-count fastball over the right field wall for a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth, the Mets got a leadoff single from Tejada, but Jordany Valdespin quickly hit into a double play. Wright then hit his 15th homer of the year, a shot over the left-center wall, to make it a 2-1 game.

Jordan Zimmermann departed after the sixth inning and Drew Storen got the first out of the seventh, but Mike Gonzalez then came on and served up a first-pitch homer by Davis that went off the webbing on the right field foul pole to tie the game.

Game Notes

Before the game, the Nationals placed shortstop Ian Desmond on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 22, with a left oblique strain and recalled outfielder Corey Brown from Triple-A Syracuse...The Nats have won seven of 10 from the Mets this season.

Box Score:

WashingtonABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Steve Lombardozzi 2B522000001.268
Bryce Harper RF422300110.272
Ryan Zimmerman 3B511310000.272
Michael Morse LF511200103.297
  Corey Brown LF000000000.000
Adam LaRoche 1B301000010.255
  Tom Gorzelanny P000000010.500
Danny Espinosa SS501000001.249
Roger Bernadina CF501000001.289
Sandy Leon C310000011.313
Jordan Zimmermann P200000001.216
  Tyler Moore PH100000001.295
  Drew Storen P000000000.000
  Mike Gonzalez P000000000.000
  Ryan Mattheus P000000000.000
  Mark DeRosa 1B110000000.148
Totals3989810249
NY MetsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Ruben Tejada SS403000000.318
Jordany Valdespin RF400000000.286
David Wright 3B411100100.348
Ike Davis 1B411100103.208
Daniel Murphy 2B402010000.308
Jason Bay LF400000002.186
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF200000001.259
  Andres Torres PH-CF100000011.221
Josh Thole C301000001.274
  Ronny Cedeno PH100000000.263
Chris Young P200000002.154
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Scott Hairston PH100000000.255
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
  Pedro Beato P000000000.000
  Elvin Ramirez P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH100000000.286
Totals35282102110


E_R.Tejada. LOB_Washington 5, NY Mets 4. 2B_R.Zimmerman, D.Murphy. HR_B.Harper (9) off C.Young, M.Morse (6) off P.Beato, D.Wright (15) off J.Zimmermann, I.Davis (15) off M.Gonzalez. SB_B.Harper (13). GIDP_D.Espinosa, J.Valdespin 2, R.Cedeno. DP_Washington 3 (D.Espinosa, S.Lombardozzi and A.LaRoche), (S.Lombardozzi, D.Espinosa and A.LaRoche), (S.Lombardozzi, D.Espinosa and M.DeRosa); NY Mets 1 (D.Murphy, R.Tejada and I.Davis).

WashingtonIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Jordan Zimmermann6.041106189-652.31
Drew Storen (H 1)0.10000002-113.50
Mike Gonzalez (B 2)1.021103121-132.60
Ryan Mattheus1.010000010-62.08
Tom Gorzelanny (W 3-2)1.210011020-123.64
NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Chris Young7.0322371106-643.91
Josh Edgin0.20000106-64.50
Jon Rauch0.10000006-43.63
Bobby Parnell1.010000010-63.10
Tim Byrdak (L 2-2)0.01210007-64.28
Pedro Beato0.144410116-1010.38
Elvin Ramirez0.200001011-77.88


T.Byrdak pitched to 2 batters in the 10th.

PB_S.Leon.
WP_J.Zimmermann.
T_3:14. A_26735.
Umpires_Home,Alan Porter; First, David Rackley; Second, Jim Wolf; Third, Derryl Cousins.
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