Knuckleballer R.A Dickey made hisÂ Â Met debut, Livan Hernandez worked on three days rest, Ike Davis was in the clean-up spot andÂ very wearyÂ David Wright sat the bench.Â I don’t think there was a pitch clocked over 87 for the firstÂ three innings as these pitchers made quick work of the firstÂ nineÂ batters of each side.Â
Dickey let up a walk to IanÂ Desmond in the bottom of the third, Hernandez popped up and kudos to a nice play by Davis and Castillo.Â Nyjer Morgan hit a hot shot that was booted by DavisÂ and deflected toward Castillo who caughtÂ it andÂ threw it back to Davis for the third out.Â The Mets got on the boardÂ in theÂ top of the fourthÂ when Angel PaganÂ went deep to to center field over the head of Nyjer Morgan.Â Pagan rounded third and slid home beating the tag for a in-the park home run.
The Nats would take the lead in the bottom of the fourth whenÂ Dickey had men on first and second and Â Josh Willingham hit a single up the middle that scored a run.Â Bernadina would hit a Sac Fly to scoreÂ ZimmermanÂ from third.Â Â Pagan easilyÂ saved two runs with a great catch in center. Â
Dickey ran into trouble again in the bottom of the fourth when Livan Hernadezled off Â with a base hit and Morgan drew a walk.Â And Â just about when you thought the game was going to get out of hand for Dickey, Christian Guzman hit a shallow fly ball to center that was caught on the shoe tops by Angel Pagan which turned into aÂ 8-2-6-3 TRIPLE PLAY.Â The 10th triple play ofÂ MetÂ franchise history.Â
The Mets would regain the lead when Â Hernandez than ran into his own troubleÂ he walkedÂ Bay who advanced to third on a Davis base hit/Bernadina error.Â Pagan drew the second walk of the inning and Frenchy took the plate and hit a Sac fly to left field thus tying the game.Â Dickey would goÂ 6 innings and give up 2 runs.Â
The Nationals broke the game open in the bottom of the 7th when Nieve cameÂ to relieveÂ Valdez who gave up a excuse-me double by Bernadina.Â Â A Guzman triple would score 2 and a Zimmerman single would score Guzman from third.Â OLIVER PEREZ would come in relief of Nieve Â and do what he does best—walk Adam Dunn but then induce a line drive out from Willingham.
Tatis would hit a solo home run off of Mike Capps to make the Mets come within 2 but the rally would fall short and the Mets would fall again to the Nationals.
Final Score Nationals 5- Mets 3