One of the early-season concerns for the New York Mets has revolved around a lack of offensive production from catcher Wilson Ramos. Those concerns were quieted—at least for one night—as Ramos hit a first inning grand slam to help power the Mets to an easy 6-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.
The decisive blow in the game almost didn’t happen. Following an Amed Rosario single, Robinson Cano appeared to ground into an inning-ending double play. Mickey Callaway astutely challenged the play, and replay confirmed that outfielder-turned-first-baseman Gerardo Parra never had the ball in his glove. From there, Pete Alonso added a single and Michael Conforto walked to load up to the bases for Ramos, who deposited a change-up from Jeremy Hellickson into the left field stands.
Noah Syndergaard made the lead stand, as he pitched eight stellar innings while allowing two runs on a Victor Robles two-run home run in the sixth. Syndergaard struck out six while walking one and allowing four hits on the evening. Seth Lugo entered in the ninth and struck out the side to finish the game.
Brandon Nimmo added a run-scoring double in the top of the sixth after Hellickson was removed, and Dominic Smith put the game away with a ninth inning solo home run.
Full recap to follow.
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