The Mets picked up where they left off after yesterday's 18-run laser show, scoring two runs in the first inning against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann. Unfortunately, things fell apart shortly thereafter, as the Nats unleashed a fusillade of offense against Mike Pelfrey and five relief pitchers, and the Mets' bats went silent. Nats call-up Danny Espinosa went 4-for-5 with two home runs, including a grand slam against Ryota Igarashi. That makes eleven grand slams allowed by Met pitchers this season, and zero hit by Met batters.
Pelfrey was absolutely dreadful, lasting only 3.1 innings while allowing eight baserunners and inducing just four swinging strikes out of 83 pitches. A two-run double by Ivan Rodriguez and RBI single by Nyjer Morgan in the fourth inning helped chase Big Pelf. He was living up in the zone, evidenced by his location chart:
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Keep the ball down, big man!
Behind ten runs in the seventh inning, Jerry Manuel satiated the fans by bringing in Oliver Perez. And in a stunning upset, he didn't pitch too poorly in his two innings of work. He allowed a run on three bloop base hits, while striking out three and walking none. Not exactly the three walk, two home runs appearance we expected and, in the case of some fans, hoped for.
The Mets exhibited patience early on, drawing three walks in the first inning alone, leading to the aforementioned two runs. Josh Thole rolled an RBI single through the right side of the infield in the third inning, temporarily providing a 3-0 lead. The lineup packed it in after that, reaching base just twice from innings four through nine. One of those baserunners, David Wright, was caught stealing second base in the fifth inning after drawing a walk.
Game two is Tuesday at 7:05 PM, featuring two pitchers making their major league debut -- Dillon Gee and Yuneski Maya.
Big Pelf, on day for it, certainly labors
As Mets get shellacked by their Potomac neighbors