The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 8-4 on Saturday night at CitiField. Chris Capuano pitched decent in his Mets debut, while Carlos Beltran launched two home runs out of the park. The Mets have now evened their record at 4-4, and will look to win the series against the Nats tomorrow.

Beltran had two homeruns on the night!

Associated Press

The Scoop:

Chris Capuano took the mound against Tom Gorzelanny in the middle game of the three game set. Capuano was handed an early 2-0 lead courtesy of Carlos Beltran’s first home run of the game, but lost the lead the following inning due to a three-run shot off the bat of Danny Espinosa (this kid can really hit!). Beltran came through again in the fourth inning with a bomb to match the Nats at 3 apiece. Capuano settled down only allowing a solo home run in the top of the 5th and then relieved after six innings of work. The bullpen came in and pitched three scoreless innings to close it out.

The Mets offense had a very nice approach against Gorzelanny. Even though they had only four hits, they scored six runs through only 5.1 innings with him on the mound. Outside of Beltran’s two homers, two runs scored on an Ike Davis triple and Jose Reyes double, and Daniel Murphy singled in a run. All in all, it was an impressive night for the Mets hitters.

The Positives:

Beltran: Going into the season, there was a lot of doubt stemming from Beltran’s injured knee. He made us forget all of it, smacking two balls out of the park tonight. He was 2 for 4, drove in three and scored three times. If this is how he produces this season, it is definitely worth it to rest him once or twice a week.

I Like Ike: Who doesn’t? It’s been pretty clear that he is a special kid since his major league debut. Tonight he went 2 for 3, including a two-run triple to put the Mets on top 5-3. He would later come in to score. The batting average is at .345 on the young season.

Bullpen: It has looked rocky to say the least so far, but tonight, there was a lot to be thankful for. Taylor Buchholz pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Bobby Parnell immediately got into trouble,  giving up a single and walking a batter to start the eighth, but struck out the next two batters. Then K-Rod entered in the 8th inning for a 4-out save, and pulled it off successfully. Yes, definitely a lot to be thankful for.

The Negatives:

Normally, I would put Capuano here, but he settled down after the second inning, which warrants somewhat of an exoneration.

Interesting Facts:

  • Carlos Beltran’s last two home run game occurred September 26th, 2010
  • The first seven runs of the game were scored via the long ball
  • Ike Davis tripled once last season. Only eight games into 2011, he has tied that.
  • Francisco Rodriguez recorded his first save since last year’s incident.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to take the series against the Washington Nationals Sunday afternoon in Flushing. Game Time 1:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Chris Young (1-0) 1.69 ERA vs. WAS Jason Marquis (0-0) 2.84 ERA