The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals in an 8-5 victory on Friday night at Nationals Park. The Mets offense put up a four spot in the 1st inning and scattered twelve hits in the game. Dillon Gee pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out five. The bullpen held on to hand the Mets a five-game winning streak.

These guys just keep on rollin'.

Associated Press

My Reaction:

The Mets offense quickly took charge against ex-Yankee Chien-Ming Wang. It is almost as if they are all locked in at the plate at the same time. It is really making for quite the success story at this point in the season. Carlos Beltran departs and it seems like he never even left. The Mets have scored 26 runs in the three games since Beltran was traded. The big players involved in their success are Daniel Murphy, David Wright, and Lucas Duda. These three have been very clutch at the plate over the last two weeks. Ronny Paulino was the star of tonight’s game with a 3 for 4 performance, driving in a run and scoring twice.

On the negative side, Bobby Parnell has been really inconsistent this year. He’s had stretches where he looks dominant and others where he has no command whatsoever. This latest stretch has been a rough patch. Tonight, he allowed two runs on three hits in only 1/3 of an inning. He’s the reason the game was as close as it was. If this guy wants to be a future closer, he needs to harness his potential and dominate each game he enters.

Interesting Facts:

  • David Wright is riding a six-game multi-hit streak and still has yet to take an 0-for since his return.
  • Dillon Gee became a 10-game winner tonight.
  • Bobby Parnell has allowed 6 runs in 7 2/3 innings pitched since the All-Star Break.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets continue their series against the Washington Nationals in D.C. Saturday night. Game Time 7:05 PM on WPIX.

NYM R.A. Dickey (5-8) 3.74 ERA vs. WAS Jason Marquis (8-5) 3.95 ERA