The Washington Nationals crushed, killed and destroyed the New York Mets at Nationals Park Saturday night, scoring 3 runs in the 1st inning and cruising to a 7-1 victory.Â At least it was a quick kill, the game lasted just 2 hours.Â Nats starting pitcher John Lannan (3-5) tossed a 4-hitter for the first complete game victory of his career.
It was a Saturday night of reckless abandon for the Mets.Â The first 5 Nationals’ batters all hit line drives off of Met starter John Maine in the bottom of the 1st inning.Â Christian Guzman lined out to Fernando Tatis leading off, then the next 4 batters reached base as Johnson doubled, Ryan Zimmerman singled him home, and Dunn followed with a 2-run homer off of the facing of the 2nd deck in the right field stands.Â Then Dukes singled to finish the consecutive line drive display.
The Mets hit into 5 double plays in the game.Â Certainly the most memorable one occurred in the top of the 4th.Â Luis Castillo led off with a walk.Â Emil Brown then hit a fly ball to right-center field that Nats’ right fielder Dukes overran, slowed down and thrust his glove down and back the way he had come.Â Replays showed that Dukes caught the ball, but on the field umpires quickly and decisively ruled that the ball was trapped.Â Brown noticed this and rounded 1st base with what he thought was a single, but Castillo believed the ball had been caught and scrambled back toward 1st base.Â Brown yelled and pointed but Castillo passed him which by rule 7.088 meant that Brown was out, 3 unassisted if you were scoring at home (I was).Â At that point Castillo,Â bewildered and between 1st and 2nd, ran toward 2nd and was tagged out by shortstop Guzman for the unique double play.
Maine started for the Mets and gave up all 7 Nats runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 4 innings.Â The bullpen was again a bright spot as Ken Takahashi and newcomer Fernando Nieve threw 2 scoreless innings each.Â The Mets are now 1-4 on the road trip and look to Livan Hernandez to finish the trip with a win tomorrow afternoon before returning home to face the arch-nemesis Philadelphia Phillies.
Box score courtesy yahoo.com
|L. Castillo 2b||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||.277|
|E. Brown rf||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.200|
|C. Beltran cf||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||.346|
|G. Sheffield lf||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|D. Wright 3b||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.340|
|F. Tatis 1b||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
|O. Santos c||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.261|
|W. Valdez ss||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||.250|
|J. Maine p||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|K. Takahashi p||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|F. Nieve p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|D. Murphy ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.240|
|C. Guzman ss||3||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||.328|
|N. Johnson 1b||4||2||3||3||1||0||1||0||0||.332|
|R. Zimmerman 3b||3||1||1||1||0||1||1||0||0||.320|
|A. Dunn lf||4||1||1||2||1||0||1||0||1||.258|
|A. Kearns rf||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.220|
|E. Dukes rf-lf||4||1||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.277|
|W. Harris cf||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2||.259|
|A. Hernandez 2b||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||.270|
|W. Nieves c||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.264|
|J. Lannan p||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||0||.130|
|J. Maine (L, 5-4)||4.0||6||7||7||2||1||3||1.38||4.52|
|J. Lannan (W, 3-5)||9.0||4||1||0||3||2||0||1.44||3.68|
|Pitches-strikes – J Maine 68-40; K Takahashi 34-19; F Nieve 22-16; J Lannan 96-61.|
|Ground balls-fly balls – J Maine 7-4; K Takahashi 2-2; F Nieve 1-3; J Lannan 19-5.|
|Batters faced – J Maine 20; K Takahashi 9; F Nieve 7; J Lannan 30.|
|Umpires: HP–Brian Runge. 1B–Derryl Cousins. 2B–D.J. Reyburn. 3B–Jim Joyce.
Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 1 mph, out to center.