This afternoon, the Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets by a score of 3-1. The loss drops the Mets to 7-7, while Washington improves to 6-6. The Mets struggled offensively all afternoon and their pitching was unable to keep Washington’s lineup in check for most of the game. Marcus Stroman got the start for New York.
Mets Take Early 1-0 Lead
Newly signed Washington pitcher Jon Lester got the start for the Nationals today and was greeted in the bottom of the first with a run. Mets new catcher James McCann hit a double to deep right center, which then scored J.D. Davis. This would give the team an early 1-0 advantage. Unfortunately, this would be the only run the team would end up scoring all afternoon.
Heading into the second inning, the Mets held a 1-0 lead.
Mets Stifled By Washington’s Pitching
While the Mets started hot, the Nationals elite pitching soon got to them. Washington is known to have very good pitching, and today was a perfect example of it. After the first inning, Washington relievers Luis Avilan, Sam Clay, Kyle Finnegan, Todd Peterson, and Steven Fuentes held the Mets scoreless. They combined to allow 0nly five hits, two walks and struck out six over the remainder of the game. Though the Nationals pitching is good, the Mets lineup may be better.
Going forward, the Mets need to be able to hit off good pitching if they want they are going to succeed.
Nationals Bats Come Alive
Even though Washington’s pitching was their key factor in this victory, their offense also came alive later in the game. Home runs by Josh Bell, Kyle Schwarber, and Yadiel Hernandez fueled the Nationals to victory. The homers were hit in the second, sixth, and seventh inning. This led to Washington taking a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning, and maintaining it for the rest of the day.
Although it is spring training, the Mets must be able to have good pitching against a solid lineup like the Nationals.
Tomorrow, the Nationals will have an evening game against the Houston Astros. The game will take place at 6:05 PM. Meanwhile, the New York will host the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:10 PM. Both teams look to get over .500.