The Mets needed three things tonight: a much needed win, an umpire who could call strikes behind the plate consistently and a starter who could go deep into the game. Niese did his part, the umpire did his, and the Met offense waited until the ninth inning to do theirs. It was a tale of two games with two different leads and for the Mets….two different closers. However, the Mets would lose this heart-breaker.
Jon Niese was on the hill tonight to try to halt the Met losing streak. Jason Bay was back in the line up trying to recapture, yet again, some semblance of his old self. Both pitchers were dealing tonight…and it reflected in the speed of the game-done with four innings in 56 minutes. Niese had a great game only giving up a home run to Tyler Moore in the bottom of the sixth.
The Met offense almost clicked in the top of the seventh when David Wright lead off with a double and advance to third on a wild pitch. After a Scott Hairston strike out, Jason Bay had a chance to make an impact on his return off the DL…he didn’t. Bay would hit a weak fly ball to center field. Ike Davis would ground out and waste the opportunity.
The Nats would tack on another run in the bottom of the eighth before the Met offense would wake up.
And boy did it wake up.
It was the ninth inning with Tyler Clippard, the Nats closer on the mound. Josh Thole lead the game off with a single, followed by David Wright. Scott Hairston would strike out for the third time and Jordany Valdespin, who was batting for Jason Bay, would crank a video review three run home run.
But Bobby Parnell couldn’t close the game out. It was almost a done deal. The Nats put runners on the corners with only one out but Parnell struck out Tyler Moore with a wicked curve ball. He actually threw the same curve ball to Danny Espinosa but lined it up the middle scoring knotting the game at 3.
The Mets wouldn’t be denied, Daniel Murphy lead the top of the tenth with an infield hit. Murphy was bunted over but Tejada failed to advance him. Josh Thole hit a double and scored Murphy giving the Mets the lead again going into the tenth.
But it wouldn’t last.
It was Tim Byrdak’s turn to close the game out but he couldn’t do it either. He gave up a lead off single and then a booming triple to rookie Phenom Harper that would tie the game once again. Pedro Beato would come in and throw a wild pitch that would score the winning run.