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Final Score: Mets 5, Nationals 3 — Someone had to win

Three balls over the wall and five runs home finally gets the Mets a win.

Washington Nationals v New York Mets Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

It was ugly, it was exciting, it was infuriating, it was a Mets win. Today’s 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals was the Mets’ first win since last Sunday, so thankfully they stopped shy of a full winless week.

To win a game where the opponent scores three runs requires the 2021 Mets offense to do their version of “showing up” and as far as I’m concerned, five runs counts as showing up. Kevin Pillar jumped into second place on the team in home runs with a pair in the third and fifth, while Michael Conforto’s first ever pinch-hit home run was the difference maker, bringing home three more runs in the seventh.

The hitting might have been the star of the show, but on the day the Mets retired the number of Jerry Koosman, I can’t completely ignore the pitching. Marcus Stroman pitched his way through six innings, giving up two runs and striking out five, keeping his ERA at the 2.85 that he walked in with. Trevor May let the go-ahead run come home via wild pitch in his only inning, but it didn’t matter much as Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz kept Washington quiet the rest of the way, avoiding the filibuster, and getting May the win.

GameThread Roll Call

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

  1. MetsFan4Decades: 140
  2. stickguy: 106
  3. doctor prancer: 49
  4. Syndergaard’s Lunch: 48
  5. The Glider: 39
  6. BlockNTackle: 28
  7. SwissCheez: 28
  8. Robert Van Orden: 27
  9. LouMonte7: 26
  10. AnneInFlushing: 25