Saturday, September 13, 2014


As was the case on Thursday night, I didn't see very much of the Mets/Nationals Friday night affair. But with the Mets actually ahead of Washington and the game moving to the 9th inning, and with me just arriving home, I had to put it on and see how this would play out. Would Jenrry Mejia be able to finish off the job and end this absurd losing streak, or would the Nationals prevail, with someone like Anthony Rendon or Ian Desmond hitting a Home Run off the Acela Club windows.

The answer was that Mejia would finish the deal, in spite of a staggering effort that saw him allow a hit and intentionally walk Adam LaRoche (although for at least 3 of the 4 balls thrown it seemed like he wasn't actually trying to walk LaRoche), Mejia struck out Met Nemesis Ian Desmond for the game's final out, finishing off the Mets first win over Washington in their home ballpark in their last 13 tries, beating the Nationals and Gio Gonzalez 4-3.

The victory was pretty far from a thing of beauty, from what I'm gathering. That's not surprising. You had to figure that if the Mets were finally going to beat Washington and end this streak, it was going to be in the least aesthetically pleasing way possible. The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a Travis d'Arnaud 3-run Double, but Washington tied it against Dillon Gee, slowly but surely. They had two run-scoring hits off Gee in the 3rd, and in the 5th inning tied the game when, shockingly, Anthony Rendon hit a Home Run.

The Mets grabbed the lead back in the last of the 5th thanks to a Juan Lagares RBI double that scored Eric Young Jr, who's played surprisingly well of late particularly considering that he basically appeared exclusively as a pinch runner for a majority of the last two months. But when he's played, he's done a reasonably good job. That being said, it's the curse of the small sample; other Mets that have fallen victim to this are Endy Chavez, Alex Cora and Scott Hairston. Let's not make that mistake again with another 4th Outfielder-type.

Gee departed the game with 1 out in the 6th and 2 men on for Washington, a situation that probably dictated a 3-run Home Run on a different night, but with the planets aligning for the Mets, Carlos Torres came in the game and got Asdrubal Cabrera to ground into an inning-ending Double Play. Torres continued his yeoman effort by inducing Ian Desmond to hit into another DP in the 7th, in another situation where on another night he probably hits a Home Run in that spot. Jeurys Familia did the job in the 8th and we already went over Mejia's 9th inning.

So, the streak is over. The Mets have finally beaten the Nationals at Home, and for only the 3rd time all season. That's hardly something worth getting excited over, going 3-11 against a division rival, but I guess you just have to take what you can get. Maybe this will lead to a couple more victories over the weekend. That would be Amazing.

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