Nats Run Noah Ragged

Down 4-0 after two innings, with Noah Syndergaard on the mound for the Mets, there was not a lot of hope for a victory. The Nationals loaded the bases in the first inning but Wilson Ramos grounded into a double play to end that rally and you do not get a lot of opportunities against Thor and his 100 mile per hour heat. The Nats strung together five singles and a walk in the third inning, and took advantage of the deliberate motion of Syndergaard on the mound and stole four bases to punish him for five runs in the third inning. Noah was done after three but the Nats bats still had some runs left in them for a 11-4 win.

Joe Ross struggled early. Two singles and a sacrifice fly made it 1-0 after 1. Brandon Nimmo collected his first major league hit to help score the second run in the second inning, driven in on a single by Curtis Granderson. Ross gave up three singles and a double to the first four hitters he faced in the third to give the Mets what appeared to be an insurmountable 4-0 lead.

The Nats battled back with a five spot off Syndergaard in the third. They tacked on runs in the next three innings. Daniel Murphy drove in a run with a single in the fourth to give the Nationals an insurance run but Ramos hit into his second double play of the game to keep the rally limited to just one run.

Sean Gil Martin was spanked for four in the fifth, Joes Ross poking a single to keep the rally extended. James Loney made a low throw home on a bases loaded grounder by Ben Revere and they failed to get the out at home. Jayson Werth drove in two with a double and Bryce Harper legged out a single to drive in the fourth run. Because Loney bobbled the throw Werth broke for home, trying to score from second, but he was thrown out by Loney.

After that the game was about done. The Mets put two runners on in the seventh but a double play erased one of them. They loaded the bases in the eighth but Curtis Granderson stranded them by striking out. Rafael Martin came on to retire the side in order in the ninth, his first appearance in the major leagues for the 2016 season.

Game Notes: Myworld will be at the game today for the debut of Lucas Giolito. If he pitches well the Nationals have options. When Strasburg comes off the DL they could have him take the Gio Gonzalez role in the rotation, or they could shift him into a closer/setup role to save on the amount of innings his arm will throw for the 2016 season…Noah Syndergaard has a slow and deliberate delivery to the plate when he is in his stretch. Travis d’Arnaud isn’t a catcher with one of the strongest arms in the National League. The result was six stolen bases, three of them for Ben Revere, who finished the game 4 for 5. Perhaps the motivation for Revere is that Trea Turner was getting some work in centerfield in AAA…What is it about a Nats game that brings rain. There were drizzles in the first inning, which dampens my scorebook. Fortunately, the sprinkles stopped sometime in the second inning. They are calling for thunder showers tonight…Bryce Harper fouled a 100 mile per hour fastball off his foot. He also stumbled off the edge of the first base bag legging out an infield hit. Dusty took Bryce Harper out of the game for Michael Taylor in the eighth. It would not surprise myworld if he got the game off on Tuesday…On a steal by the Nats with lefty Sean Gil Martin on the mound Travis d’Arnaud double pumped on his throw to second, allowing Ben Revere to have his third stolen base of the game.

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