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Final Score: Nationals 8, Mets 4—Death by the long ball

The Mets made a comeback attempt, but in the end, it didn’t matter.

New York Mets v Washington Nationals Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

For the second straight game, the Mets had a lackluster showing and played some bad baseball. Jerad Eickhoff got the start for the Mets, and though he was able to give the team some length, pitching six innings, he struggled, allowing five runs in those six innings.

Kyle Schwarber once again powered the Nationals and continued his torrid hot streak, leading off the bottom of the first with a solo homer. The Nats then went back-to-back, as Trea Turner hit a solo shot of his own, putting the Mets in an early 2-0 deficit.

The Nats’ big bats weren’t done yet, with Gerardo Parra hitting the third solo shot of game for Washington in the bottom of the second. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, Kyle Schwarber hit yet another solo home run, his 24th of the season, and extended the Nationals lead to 4-0. Washington then tacked on another run off Eickhoff in the sixth with a Starlin Castro RBI single.

The Mets offense got going in the seventh, with Jeff McNeil singling home the first Met run of the game. In the eighth, Pete Alonso and Billy McKinney hit back-to-back homers, cutting the lead to 5-4, and giving the Mets a glimmer of hope.

The Mets comeback attempt was all moot in the end, as Miguel Castro gave up three runs in the bottom of the eighth, putting the game out of reach.

Full recap to follow.

GameThread Roll Call

Nice job by stickguy; their effort in the GameThread embiggens us all.

  1. stickguy: 123
  2. MetsFan4Decades: 119
  3. JR and the Off-Balance Shots: 58
  4. Stengelese: 55
  5. BK_Machetero3191: 49
  6. Grand-Slam Single: 47
  7. LouMonte7: 35
  8. AnneInFlushing: 35
  9. Knurk: 30
  10. kefmet: 26