Gio KO’s Mets

Gio Gonzalez struck out a career high 12 in the Nationals 3-0 win over the Mets. At one point in the game Gonzalez struck out the side in the second and third inning to give him six whiffs in a row. He struck out at least one hitter in each of the seven innings he pitched, walking just two. He gave up his only hit in the first inning in his quest to win the fourth starting spot for the playoff rotation.

Zack Wheeler was good for the Mets in the first three innings, allowing only one hit. A little wildness and two seeing eye singles by Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos led to the only three runs being scored in the game. Wheeler walked Nate Schierholtz to load the bases. A ground out resulted in the first run scoring, the Mets unable to turn two and a passed ball allowed the second run to score. Another walk and a Danny Espinosa single loaded the bases again where Wheeler hit Anthony Rendon to force in the third run.

The Mets rallied off reliever Matt Thornton, getting two hits off him. Pinch hitter Bobby Abreu flied to left and Eric Young grounded back to the box to end the threat. Drew Storen closed out the game in the ninth, striking out two of the three hitters he faced to up the ante to 14 whiffs in the game for the Mets.

Game Notes: Scott Hairston made a leaping catch at the fence on an Eric Campbell drive…Eric Campbell had a ball clank off his glove that Nate Schierholtz was generously given a double. Campbell was on the run, but a decent right fielder should have caught that drive…Lucas Day was responsible for four of the 14 K’s. He struck out three times against Gonzalez and once against Storen to end the game. He did not make a lot of contact, swinging and missing at most of his pitches…Zack Wheeler hit Anthony Rendon on an 0-2 pitch to force in the third run…Interesting Daisuke Matsuzaka wears the number 16. Maybe he does not feel as a reliever he deserves the number reserved for aces in Japan (18). That number is worn by coach Tim Teufel. It would probably not have taken much to take that number away from him…Michael Taylor failed to lay down a bunt on three attempts. With runners on first and second and no outs he fouled off three attempts to lay a ball down. It didn’t appear the potential 30 homerun hitter is particularly good at bunting for a sacrifice…The Nationals now need one win or a Dodger loss to clinch home field advantage throughout the National League playoffs…The Mets loss gives them 82 on the season, giving them six consecutive seasons below .500…Denard Span was held out of both games of the double header, but could play Friday. He injured his knee on a diving catch on Tuesday and Matt Williams is allowing the knee to heel.

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