Chris Young took his 86 mph fastball to Washington tonight….and he fared pretty well. He drew Jordan Zimmerman as his opponent.
Young and Zimmerman matched zero’s for the first two innings. The Nats didn’t get on the board until the bottom of the third, but it was a single run that Young was able to hold them to. The wheels came off the Met defense in the bottom of the fifth inning when the Mets became a little league team and threw the baseball all around the infield..with two outs. The Nats would score two on that debacle and chase Young from the game.
But the game had just begun.
Jordany Valdespine line drive home run in the top of the sixth, David Wright would go yard himself and the Mets climbed back into the game using the long ball.
The game was turned over to the bullpens.
Miguel Batista came in and held the Nats scoreless for the bottom of the frame.
Sean Burnett came in for the bottom of the eighth and after getting one out for the Nats, gave up a double to Valdespin, he was quickly lifted when Pinch Hitter Scott Hairston walked to the plate. Craig Stammen walked Hairston and with runners on first and second, Andres Torres hit the ball in the gap for a two RBI double and the lead.(Torres would go to third on an errant throw) David Wright would get a free pass and new call up Josh Satin would strike out and Murphy would ground out to end the Met threat.
Tim Byrdak came in for the bottom of the eighth and gave up a lead off hit to Zimmerman. Murphy booted a double play ball but manged to get a out but left a man in scoring position, a runner that would come back to haunt the Mets. Terry Collins wanted this game badly and brought Frank Francisco in to get a five out save with a man on second and one out.
It would be a gamble that wouldn’t fair well, Francisco gave up a base hit that knotted the game at four apiece.
Ike Davis drew a walk off in the top of the ninth and Vinny Rottino, with one out and Davis on third via a sacrifice, flew out to center. Valdespin flied out to Harper ending the Met threat in the ninth. Francisco was able to get the Mets through the ninth.
Hairston hit a lead off single in the top of the tenth and then stole second base with Andres Torres up. Torres advanced Hairston to third on a fielders choice. David Wright (2-3) came to the plate but before he could swing a bat, a wild pitch would score Hairston for the Met lead.
Bobby Parnell would come in the bottom of the tenth and his defense let him down. Valdespine booted a ball to start the Nats off to put Zimmerman on first. Ike Davis booted double play ball and put a Zimmerman on second with only one out. Thole was unable to handle a pitch by Parnell that put Zimmerman on third. Parnell would walk the next batter putting runners on the corners. Ian Desmond came up with two ducks on the pond. Desmond hit a hot shot to Valdespine who committed his SECOND ERROR of the inning booting a taylor made double play ball that tied the game. The bases were loaded for Rick Ankiel with two outs and Parnell, who really should have been showered up and on the bus to the hotel room, struck him out after being down 3-0.
The Mets mounted a threat again in the top of the 11th when, after two outs, Thole hit a base hit and Rottino drew a walk. Jordany Valdespin came up with the thought of redepemtion…..and struck out swinging.
Elvin Ramirez came in to pitch the bottom of the frame and walked Nady, struck out Harper and Zimmerman and LaRouch.
Scott Hairston went yard 12th inning giving the Mets the lead again! Elvin Ramirez gave up back to back doubles that tied the game in the bottom of the 12th. After a wild pitch put a runner on third and an wild walk, the winning Nat run came on bases single.