Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Game Recap: Mets Shutout Nats In Monsoon

The Mets got off to a quick start and struck early when Jose Reyes singled to lead off the game, was driven to third on a Justin Turner double and sacrificed in by Jason Bay in the bottom of the first inning. For quite some time tonight it looked as though that might be the only run the teams would produce as the rain steadily increased.

The bats were quiet on both sides until the bottom of the sixth when Scott Hairston reached on an infield single. Moments later he made it to second after tagging up on a moderately deep fly ball to left. An intentional walk to Jose Reyes brought Justin Turner back to the plate. Turner, who has been hot as of late, made the Nats pay as he drove the ball to the right-centerfield wall extending the Mets lead to 3-0.

The other story of the night was Jonathan Niese, who was very solid over seven innings, during which he struck out seven and walked one. After a Michael Morse double to lead off the top of the second, Niese would go on to set down the next twelve straight. As was the case in his last start, Niese would run into the trouble in the seventh when the Nats loaded the bases, however Niese escaped unscathed by getting Roger Bernadina to ground out in the pouring rain.

The Mets bullpen would get the job done once again. Jason Isringhausen would overcome a lead off single by Ian Desmond to pitch an uneventful eight and Francisco Rodriguez would preserve the 3-0 win, but not before making everyone sweat it out by allowing the Nats two base runnings with one out. This was his thirteenth save of the season.

The Mets will close out their two game set with the Nationals 1:10 pm tomorrow when Dillon Gee takes on Livan Hernandez. With another win, not only would the Mets sweep the Nats, but they will pull themselves out of the NL East basement.

Game Notes:
- This was the Mets first shutout of the season.
- The Mets were 1 for 10 with RISP.
- This was the third time this season Niese went 7.0 IP.
- Krod is no one pace to finish 62 games this season.
- Virtually now on attended the game...