Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Game 33: Nationals @ Mets
By Andrew Marchand
10:34 p.m.: Ike Davis goes up and over the railing to catch the foul ball to end the game. The guy is great at those. That is his thrid flip over of the year. The Animal, though, is the story tonight. More to come.
10:32 p.m.: K-Rod on to save it.
10:26 p.m.: Upon Further Review: Foul ball.
10:23 p.m.: The mob -- not really a crowd -- is yelling replay on looked as if it might have been a grand slam from Ike Davis. Replay can be used in this circumstance.
10:18 p.m.: Jason Bay walks with the bases loaded and this is quickly going from comeback to blowout.
10:13 p.m.: The Animal comes through, RBI double in his first at-bat as a Met.
10:08 p.m.: Angel Pagan single to right and we are tied. The Animal is up.
10:05 p.m.: Rod Barajas hits a high fly ball off the left field wall, for a two-run double. It is now 6-5 Nats and Alex Cora bunts for a single. First and third. Still, one-out.
10:03 p.m.: Jeff Francoeur strikes out. Mets are 2-for-14 with RISP.
9:57 p.m.: After Ian Desmond's throwing error, an ex-Yank repalces an ex-Yank. Brian Bruney out, Tyler Clippard in. The Mets are within three as Desomond throws away Ike's easy out.
9:55 p.m.: David Wright with a line double into the right field corner. His second of the game. And the Mets are rallying, while Brian Bruney still can't pitch in New York. Men on second and third, no-out, Mets down four.
9:53 p.m.: Jason Bay with a single to center. Here come the Mets! Maybe.
9:50 p.m.: Mets looking to comeback, here in the eighth. Probably a good time to do it, with Jason Bay, David Wright and Ike Davis up.
9:34 p.m.: Mets threaten with two men on and no outs, but Luis Castillo hits into a doubleplay, while Jose Reyes flies out to center.
9:30 p.m.: Alex Cora pinch-hitting to start the bottom of the seventh. Doug Slaten on to pitch. Alex Cora walks.
9:19 p.m.: Jeff Francoeur with a sac fly. Walker, though, is fine with that. He wants to stay out of a big inning. Plus, the one is charged to Scott Olsen.
9:16 p.m.: Tyler Walker replaces Scott Olsen with one-out in the sixth. Man on third and Jeff Francoeur.
9:10 p.m.: David Wright knocks a one-out double in the sixth.
9:01 p.m.: Jason Bay with a long fly ball to the warning track. Overheard in the pressbox: "You should have stayed in Boston." The implication that would have been out at the Fens or at least off the Green Monster. 2-for-9 with RISP.
9:00 p.m.: Jose Reyes pops out to right. Mets are 2-for-8 RISP. Bases still loaded, now for Bay. Two outs.
8:57 p.m.: By the way, that was Matthews' first pinch-hit hit of the year. After an out, Luis Castillo singled to left. The bases are loaded for Jose Reyes.
8:56 p.m.: After Rod Barajas single, Gary Matthews Jr. -- who was challenged somewhat in the pre-game by Jerry Manuel -- delivers a pinch-hit single. Two men on, no out.
8:49 p.m.: National punishment. All the Nats bat in the fifth as they score three and take a 6-1 lead.
8:38 p.m.: That's it for Jon Niese. A Pudge Rodriguez two-run single and Niese leads down 5-1 in the fifth. It could get worst for Niese's ERA because there are two still men on as Manny Acosta comes in.
8:30 p.m.: Cristian Guzman leads off with a line double that Angel Pagan could have possibly have. Then Ryan Zimmerman walks. More trouble for Jon Niese and the Mets?
8:25 p.m.: Jeff Francoeur looks at third strike and the Mets are now 1-for-3 RISP tonight.
8:22 p.m.: Mets get runners on first and second for Ike Davis. Davis strikes out. Mets are now 1-for-4 in RISP, Ike is 0-for-2.
8:10 p.m.: Nice play by Jon Niese taking the bunt and going to second to get the lead run. Jose Reyes loses the ball, but he had it with two hands and was in bounds so the out stayed.
8:03 p.m.: Mets waste a Jon Niese leadoff single. We go to the third fourth.
7:58 p.m.: Jon Niese settling down? 1-2-3 inning. Mets, who are 1-for-3 with RISP, but down 3-1, coming to bat.
7:49 p.m.: Jeff Francoeur comes through, hitting an RBI single to left. Mets cut it to 3-1.
7:45 p.m.: Scott Olsen is fine. Ike Davis, not so much. Davis hits into a double play. Two out, man on third for Francoeur.
7:42 p.m.: David Wright just lined a shot off Scott Olsen's left heel. That will show those pitchers for striking him out so much. Olsen was attended to was OK. Mets' threatening, two on, no one out.
7:37 p.m.: Jon Niese is very wild in the second, but he escapes, leaving the bases loaded by getting Ryan Zimmerman to chop out to short for a forceout.
7:29 p.m.: When the Wilpons built this stadium, I doubt they ever thought there were going to be so many empty seats. No one is here tonight.
7:25 p.m.: Mets go three up, three down against Scott Olsen.
7:15 p.m.: A terrible first inning for Jon Niese. He gets laced for an Adam Dunn three-run homer on a 3-0 pitch, making it 3-0 after three outs. Mets coming to the plate.
Game Notes: Jerry Manuel said his plan is to start Rod Barajas on Wednesday afternoon, if he comes out of Tuesday night feeling fine. ... Manuel said he still needs to find out if Gary Matthews Jr. can handle being an off-the-bench player. Manuel said some players can never adjust. ... Chris Carter, dubbed "The Animal" by Manuel because of his work ethic, showed up at the park at 1 p.m. Carter said Josh Thole was already at the Park and that Jason Bay showed up shortly after.