Saturday, July 30, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Nats 3, Mets 0
By Adam Rubin
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets' five-game winning streak came to a halt against an opposing pitcher Triple-A Buffalo roughed up 10 days earlier for six runs in five innings. Yunesky Maya, subbing for Jason Marquis, who was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings as Washington beat the Mets 4-0, Saturday night. The Nationals also traded Jerry Hairston Jr. -- brother of Scott Hairston -- to the Milwaukee Brewers. Washington snapped a six-game losing streak.
The Mets did load the bases with two out in the ninth inning against closer Drew Storen, but Willie Harris struck out looking. They have been shut out five times this year. The opposing starting pitchers: Roy Halladay, Jair Jurrjens, Tim Lincecum, Clayton Kershaw and Maya.
WRIGHT STUFF: Maya held the Mets hitless until David Wright lined a single over second baseman Danny Espinosa with two out in the fourth inning. Wright finished 2-for-3 with a walk and has now produced a career-high seven straight multi-hit games. On Sunday, Wright can match the franchise-record eight straight multi-hit games produced by Steve Henderson in July 1979. Henderson had been part of the infamous trade that sent Tom Seaver to Cincinnati two years earlier.
Wright is hitting .475 (19-for-40) since returning from the disabled list.
O NO: Maya recorded three outs on five pitches in the first inning. In the fifth, the Mets placed two runners on base for Jose Reyes, who flied out to Jayson Werth on the track in right-center. After Maya was pulled with two on and one out in the sixth following singles by Daniel Murphy and Wright, Ross Detwiler entered and coaxed Angel Pagan into an inning-ending double-play grounder to third base.
WERTH $126 MILLION? On Werth bobblehead day night Nationals Park, the ex-Phillie slugged a three-run homer to center in the first inning off R.A. Dickey. Werth went 2-for-3 with an intentional walk. Dickey's line: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB (1 IBB), 1 K.
MAGNET: Josh Thole twice was hit by pitches … or grazed … or awarded first base even if it missed him. The last Mets player to be hit by two pitches in a game: Fernando Tatis against Pittsburgh on July 2, 2009.
WHAT'S NEXT: Jon Niese (10-8, 3.97 ERA) opposes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (6-9, 3.27) in Sunday’s 1:35 p.m. rubber game.