Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Recap: Game 2 - Nationals (5) at Mets (1) - Gonzo Goes Yard and Gets the Win, Lagares only Shining Star for Mets


FINAL
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Washington
(2-0)
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New York
(0-2)
100000000130

W: G. Gonzalez (1-0) L: B. Colon (0-1)
HR: WAS - I. Desmond (1),G. Gonzalez (1)   NYM - None

Recap:

Gio Gonzalez homered in his first start of the season for the second straight year, and the Nationals hurler was just as impressive on the mound as Washington downed the New York Mets, 5-1, in the second installment of a season-opening three-game series.

Gonzalez (1-0) surrendered a run in the first inning when Juan Lagares led off with a triple into the right-field gap and scored on David Wright's sac fly.

The right-hander settled down from there, though, allowing just two more hits and one walk over six frames while adding some insurance with his bat.

Ian Desmond broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with a leadoff homer off Mets offseason acquisition Bartolo Colon, and Gonzalez followed two batters later by clobbering Colon's high fastball over the left-field fence for his third career home run.

Colon (0-1) lasted six frames and was charged with three runs on nine hits to take the loss for the Mets, who lost in 10 innings on Opening Day.

Consecutive one-out doubles by Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche tied the game in the fourth, and Denard Span scored a pair of runs in the later innings to give Washington some breathing room.

Span sped home on a Gonzalez Germen wild pitch in the seventh, then tripled and scored on Anthony Rendon's groundout in the ninth.

The Mets ran themselves out of a run in the fifth when Ruben Tejada tried scoring from first on a Lagares gapper to left. The relay throw home easily beat Tejada to the plate, and the runner, not wanting to break MLB's new rules on running over the catcher, surrendered himself for the final out.

Lagares's double was New York's third and final hit.

Mets Facts: The Mets only had two official at-bats with runners in scoring position ... New York has struck out 31 times over the first two games -- eight more than the most in team history.


Box Score:

WashingtonABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Denard Span CF522011001.333
Anthony Rendon 2B502110000.400
Jayson Werth RF514010001.500
Adam LaRoche 1B501110000.250
Ryan Zimmerman 3B401000001.222
Bryce Harper LF400000002.125
Ian Desmond SS411100101.250
Jose Lobaton C401000000.333
Gio Gonzalez P311100101.333
  Drew Storen P000000000.000
  Tyler Clippard P000000000.000
  Nate McLouth PH100000000.000
  Craig Stammen P000000000.000
Totals40513441207
NY MetsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Juan Lagares CF412011001.500
Wilmer Flores 2B400000002.000
David Wright 3B200100011.429
Curtis Granderson RF400000002.000
Chris Young LF000000000.000
  Andrew Brown LF400000002.125
Josh Satin 1B300000002.000
Travis d`Arnaud C300000001.000
Ruben Tejada SS201000010.333
Bartolo Colon P200000001.000
  Gonzalez Germen P000000000.000
  Lucas Duda PH100000001.000
  Kyle Farnsworth P000000000.000
Totals29131110213


E_R.Zimmerman. LOB_Washington 8, NY Mets 4. 2B_D.Span, A.Rendon, J.Werth, A.LaRoche, J.Lagares. 3B_D.Span, J.Lagares. HR_I.Desmond (1) off B.Colon, G.Gonzalez (1) off B.Colon. SF_D.Wright.

WashingtonIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Gio Gonzalez (W 1-0)6.031116091-601.50
Drew Storen (H 1)1.000002013-90.00
Tyler Clippard (H 1)1.000013021-124.50
Craig Stammen1.000002014-120.00
NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Bartolo Colon (L 0-1)6.0933042110-754.50
Gonzalez Germen2.021103031-204.50
Kyle Farnsworth1.021100019-119.00


WP_G.Germen.
T_3:00. A_29146.
Umpires_Home,Clint Fagan; First, Tim Timmons; Second, Todd Tichenor; Third, Tim Welke.
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