The New York Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Monday night at CitiField. R.A. Dickey pitched seven strong innings allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits and no walks while striking out seven. The bullpen went two scoreless innings in relief to give the Mets offense a chance to win it. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, both Jason Bay and Nick Evans stranded David Wright on second base to end the game. The Mets drop their third straight game as they fall to 71-76 on the season. 

Pagan celebrates his game-tying double in the sixth inning.

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My Reaction:

R.A. Dickey has really turned into our version of Boston’s Tim Wakefield. He is a knuckleball pitcher that remains durable throughout the 162-game season. Dickey pitches deep into games and almost always puts the Mets in a position to win. He’s far from dominant but you know what to expect from him when he takes the mound. 

In the sixth inning, Angel Pagan came to the plate with two men on and doubled in Lucas Duda from second base to tie the game. He’s batting .308 (21 for 68) with runners in scoring position and two outs this season. Pagan has done so well in the clutch and does the necessary things. He successfully bunted David Wright over to second base as the tying run in the ninth inning. Unfortunately, Wright was unable to score and the Mets fell in a close one. It’s hard to win a game when your team only gets three hits. 

Interesting Facts:

  • David Wright committed his sixteenth error of the season. He made twenty all of last year. 
  • The Mets drew more walks (4) than they had hits (3) in the game.
  • R.A. Dickey has pitched ten consecutive quality starts, and only four of them resulted in wins. 

What’s Next?: The New York Mets face the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night at CitiField. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY. 

NYM Dillon Gee (12-6) 4.42 ERA vs. WAS Chien-Ming Wang (2-3) 4.43 ERA