Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Nationals 3, Mets 2
By Adam Rubin
Recap | Box score | Photos
WHAT IT MEANS: The Nats (69-77) pulled even with the Mets (71-77) in the loss column in the battle for third place in the National League East.
Bobby Parnell entered and allowed a tie-breaking RBI single to Ryan Zimmerman in the seventh after inheriting two baserunners, who reached against Dale Thayer.
The Mets placed two runners on base in the ninth with two outs, but Drew Storen retired Lucas Duda to end the game.
WELL-ARMED: With the game scoreless in the fifth, Josh Thole was thrown out by Nats center fielder Rick Ankiel trying to score from second base on Jose Reyes’ single.
Reyes did not advance to second on the throw to the plate, so he was not in scoring position when Ruben Tejada followed with a two-out single. However, Duda then singled to right field, which Jayson Werth misplayed with the ball kicking away. Two runs scored, including Tejada all the way from first on the single and error, as the Mets took a 2-0 lead.
Terry Collins recently expressed disappointment with the Mets missing opportunities to take extra bases and said it will be a point of emphasis during spring training.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Duda, who is headed to winter ball in Venezuela for a month after the regular season to continue to hone his right-field play, misread and got a late jump on Ian Desmond’s shallow fly ball in the sixth. It dropped in for a single. Ankiel and Michael Morse subsequently contributed RBI doubles against Dillon Gee as the Nats evened the score at 2.
Gee followed by consecutively walking Werth and Danny Espinosa to load the bases with two outs.
Collins summoned Pedro Beato, who retired Chris Marrero on a flyout to right field to strand the three runners and preserve the tie.
Gee’s line: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. He threw 95 pitches (60 strikes).
REYES TRACKER: Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 with a walk to lift his average to .333.
WHAT’S NEXT: Mike Pelfrey (7-11, 4.66 ERA) opposes Nats rookie right-hander Brad Peacock (0-1, 6.57), who will make his first major league start, on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.