Recap: Nationals Fall Short to Mets 11-8
The Washington Nationals were defeated by the New York Mets by a score of 11-8 on March 30th, 2019. Currently, Washington stands at an 0-2 win-loss record, while New York is on top of the NL East division with a 2-0 record. Prior to this game, the Nationals dropped their Opening Day game(also to the Mets) by a score of 2-0 as Jacob deGrom of the Mets outdueled Max Scherzer. Moreover, Washington hurler Stephen Strasburg surrendered four earned runs, seven hits, two walks, and struck out eight batters in six innings of pitching.
To summarize, the Mets were able to begin the scoring as former Nationals catcher(current Met) Wilson Ramos drove in two runs with a line drive double in direction of Adam Eaton. Immediately afterward, Jeff McNeil tripled to right field which scored Wilson Ramos, and New York had themselves a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. However, the Nats would answer back with an RBI single from Juan Soto, which scored Anthony Rendon. Then in the bottom of the 3rd, Victor Robles would hit the first Nationals home run of the season as he delievered a ball to left field. In the bottom of the 6th, Kurt Suzuki would hit a sacrifice fly to score Juan Soto, and that would tie the game at 4-4. After the sacrifice fly, the Mets would completely take over the game as they scored seven unanswered runs, and ultimately, it would be too much for the Nationals as they only could score four runs in the bottom of the 9th, which led to the loss.
While the Nationals may’ve lost the series, they can rebound on March 31st, 2019 as they take on the Mets for the final game of the three game set. Newly acquired starter Patrick Corbin(0-0, -.- – ERA) will take the Hill for Washington. On the other side, LHP Zach Wheeler(0-0, -.- – ERA) will take the ball for New York. In my opinion, it is too early to tell what the Nationals may bring to the table this season, as only two games have been played, and there’s plenty of baseball remaining this season for them to rebound off of the two losses they’ve had this season.