The New York Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals Thursday night 2-1 in another walk-off affair. Solid pitching made the game a nailbiter in the later innings, and it ended up with Pedro Feliciano taking another loss in the 9th inning coming out of the bullpen.

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Initial Reaction:

As the Mets entered Washington D.C., Johan Santana began the series facing off against veteran Livan Hernandez. Both pitchers were on top of their game, and Santana proved to all Mets fans that there is still fight and strength in their ace. Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t string together a bunch of hits at the right time. The Nationals got their man to third base in the bottom of the ninth, and a sacrifice fly put the game in the books. A tough loss for the Mets, who were looking to get only a game behind the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East.

Positives From The Game:

Johan: After four consecutive starts in which he has allowed at least four runs, Johan Santana showed why he is the ace of the Mets staff tonight. He went seven strong innings, yielding one run on six hits, while walking two and striking out seven. He begins July on a high note, and Mets fans better hope he has the BIG second half that his reputation commands.

Ike: In the top of the first inning, things were looking good for the Mets. Ike Davis drove in Jesus Feliciano to put the Mets up 1-0 to start the game. He had the only RBI for New York tonight.

Negatives From The Game:

Pedro: This is the second consecutive game in which Pedro Feliciano pitched and was credited with the loss. He’s clearly hit a snag at this point in the season, and it wouldn’t be surprising if its due to his 45 appearances.

Mets Offense: The Mets had eight hits in the game, but were only able to score one run. It looked like the Mets were really missing their big bats today, like Jose Reyes, Angel Pagan, and Jason Bay, even though Bay recorded a pinch-hit single in the 9th.

Interesting Facts:

  • In the 13.2 innings pitched against the Mets this season, Livan Hernandez has only allowed three runs.
  • Johan Santana struck out seven batters for the first since April 17th, when he recorded nine strikeouts against the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • In 15 games, Jesus Feliciano has 5 multi-hit performances. Pretty good for a 31-year old rookie.

What’s Next?: The Mets try to rebound against the Nationals in Game 2 of 4 Friday night. Game Time 7:05 on SNY.

NYM Jonathon Niese (5-2) 3.84 ERA vs. WASH Luis Atilano (6-4) 4.33 ERA