Ramos Further Buries Nationals

The bullpen has been bad for the Nationals as has been their defense. It was their defense that extended the first inning. Wilson Ramos made them pay with a grand slam homerun to give the Mets a 6-2 win over the Nationals. The loss dropped the sliding Nationals to 16-25. With the win the Mets pounced back onto .500 at 20-20.

Jeremy Hellickson was again the victim of the poor defense. It appeared to be a quick inning after a double play grounder hit by Robinson Cano appeared to end the inning. The call was originally ruled out at first base, but upon further review it was determined that Gerrado Parra was drawn off the bag by the throw from Wilmer Difo and never secured the ball as he fell off the bag.

Hellickson had an opportunity to still get out of the inning. Pete Alonso grounded the slowest of ground balls that somehow squirted through the infield out into centerfield. Michael Conforto walked to load the bases. Wilson then hit a line drive that had enough elevation to carry into the left field bleachers for an early 4-0 lead.

It was all the runs Noah Syndergaard needed. The Nationals were one hit on Sunday by the Dodgers. Noah did not give up a hit to the Nationals until the sixth inning. Wilmer Difo and pinch hitter Adrian Sanchez hit back to back singles. Adam Eaton grounded a ball up the middle which Ahmed Rosario turned into a double play. Victor Robles then blasted one deep into the middle row of the left field bleachers to close the Mets lead to 6-2.

The Nationals poor defense also gave the Mets a run in the top of the sixth. Hellickson gave up a single to Michael Conforto and walked Wilson Ramos to start off the inning. That ended the day for him and brought on lefty Matt Grace. Brandon Nimmo lined a 1-2 pitch into centerfield. Victor Robles seemed to dart left, then shifted his feet to try to move backwards but it was too late. The ball travelled over his head for an RBI double. Grace was able to get out of the inning, retiring the next three hitters without allowing another run to score.

In the top of the ninth pinch hitter Dominic Smith mashed a pitch into centerfield, over the 402 foot marker. On this day the Mets would not need their closer, though he was warming up in the bullpen.

Nats Notes: It was a sparse crowd on this night, with the temperatures dipping more towards fall like weather. Attendance was listed at 23,315, but it was a late arriving crowd…Noah was hitting 97-99 with his fastball. Jeremy Hellickson was hitting 87-90….The Nationals have to lead the league in called third strikes. Juan Soto took two called strikes and struck out swinging once. His average has dropped to .235. Brian Dozier took a called third strike and Gerrado Parra ended the game with a called third strike…Eric Fedde pitched two innings of solid relief, but he did have some adventures in the seventh inning. On a ground ball to first where he went to cover, his foot missed the base and then he tried to swipe over the bag and barely made contact. The next batter popped one up, but instead of waiting on the mound for the catcher or third baseman to make the catch he ran off the mound, called it and barely secured it in his glove…The Nationals have now lost 14 of their last 19 games. They have the second worst record in the Nationals League. Only the Marlins have a worse won/loss record…The good news is that Trea Turner is playing some rehab games and could be available

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