The Nats beat the Mets for the third straight game, as David Wright‘s third-inning error opened the floodgates for the only 2 runs of the game to score. The Mets are limping to the finish line with their 4th straight loss, and 6th in their last 7 games. They are now 71-78 on the season.
Mike Pelfrey was solid tonight, but Nats rookie Brad Peacock was a little better. Peacock (and the rest of the Nats pitchers) shut out the Mets, while Pelfrey gave up 2 runs (both unearned). The Mets had their chances with runners on base, but just couldn’t get anyone in, batting 1-11 with runners in scoring position. Jose Reyes lined out to Rick Ankiel (who made a nice diving grab) with 2 on to end the game.
-Jose Reyes: How ’bout that NL batting title race? Jose leads the way with a .331 average, 3 points ahead of Ryan Braun. Also had a nice defensive play where he ranged to his right and gunned down a runner at first basically just on arm strength (Ian Desmond ranged to a grounder in a similiar spot later on, and on his play, Jason Bay was safe by a few strides).
–Ruben Tejada: Even when he doesn’t hit, he continues to play solid defense; tonight, he made a couple of nice catches on outfield popups.
-The Bullpen: In a game where there wasn’t much positive to talk about, the ‘pen gave the Mets 2 shutout innings.
-Boredom in the Booth: There was a weird spot where Ron and Keith briefly left their seats (after a commercial break) to attend to God knows what, which led to a pretty awkward cameo by a couple of technical workers filling their spots for the time being. Anything to spice up a mid-September game, I guess.
–Josh Satin: Not just 0-3, but 0-2 with runners in scoring position. He stranded 5 runners total.
-The Bunt: A managerial move that didn’t work out — in the top of the 9th, Terry Collins called for Justin Turner to bunt with men on 1st and 2nd and none out. The move backfired, as he popped the bunt up, and the Mets didn’t score that inning.
On Deck: Final game of the 4-game set, first pitch scheduled for 1:10 PM.
WAS Milone (0-0, 6.30 ERA) vs. NYM Schwinden (0-1, 9.00 ERA)