Sep 12, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) is relieved during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Mets fans who trekked to Flushing this week were treated to perfect baseball weather and an abysmal on-field product. Clear skies and comfortable late-summer temperatures are great, but so are wins. Tonight's loss completed the sweep by the Nationals, finishing an 0-6 homestand for the Metsies which saw our heroes get outscored 29-9. Woof.
Matt Harvey pitched well, even if he didn't provide much length. He went 5+ innings, giving up just 1 run while striking out 10 and walking 3. The lone run he allowed came on a Ryan Zimmerman longball in the fourth inning. That turned out to be all the run support John Lannan and the Nationals' bullpen needed. The Mets had no extra-base hits and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. And that hit w/RISP didn't even score a run. Andres Torres singled in the ninth inning with two outs and Lucas Duda on second base. Duda stopped at third, bringing up pinch hitter Daniel Murphy, representing the winning run. Dreams of a magical game-winning homer were dashed when Murph flew out against Drew Storen to end the game.
- Robert Carson relieved Harvey, who exited with the bases loaded and no outs. Carson bailed out his mate, inducing two pop outs and a fly out to prevent the Nationals from scoring.
- Justin Hampson relieved an ineffective Bobby Parnell in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and one out. Hampson needed just one pitch to get out of the jam; Adam LaRoche grounded into a double play.
- Frank Francisco rebounded from an ugly birthday performance last night to send the Nationals down one-two-three in a clean ninth inning.
Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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