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Final score: Nationals 7, Mets 1—The Knicks won, at least

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Marcus Stroman was outpitched by Joe Ross because life is unfair.

Washington Nationals v New York Mets Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images

The Mets came into today’s game with a chance to secure the series victory against their division rivals, and instead they let Joe Ross dominate them while allowing the Nats bats to put up a touchdown’s worth of runs against them, resulting in a 7-1 loss to tie the series at one game apiece.

There’s not really any aspect of the game that didn’t leave a ton to be desired today by the Mets. Marcus Stroman had his first rough start of the season, suffering from a mix of bad luck and defense, bad calls by the home plate umpire, and bad command, which resulted in him giving up at least one run in each of the four innings he pitched. Stephen Tarpley then proceeded to give up two runs without recording a single out. The rest of the bullpen improved upon this putrid performance, as Robert Gsellman, Jacob Barnes, and Jeurys Familia combined for five scoreless innings, but the damage had already been done.

The offense, meanwhile, continued to struggle to come up in big spots. Save for a solo homer off the right field foul pole by Michael Conforto, the team failed to put any runs on the board. They left multiple men on base in the first, fourth, and eighth innings as their hitting with runners in scoring position continued to be putrid, and the bats otherwise struggled to put up much of a threat against Joe Ross—who, fun fact, gave up ten runs in his previous start before tossing six solid innings today—and the Nationals bullpen.

Full recap to follow.

GameThread Roll Call

Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the GameThread embiggens us all.

  1. MetsFan4Decades: 103
  2. stickguy: 65
  3. JR and the Off-Balance Shots: 60
  4. Knurk: 53
  5. AnneInFlushing: 46
  6. rally_parakeet: 41
  7. Garry Bathrick: 36
  8. Dg34: 16
  9. jamesmoorepainting: 12
  10. kefmet: 12