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Game 59 Recap: Nats Smoked by Mets in 10-1 Loss

Haren’s uneasy start gave way to a bad finish as Nats’ bats cannot catch up with Mets in 10-1 loss that put the Nationals into 3rd place in the NL East. Haren pitched four innings giving up 7 hits and 5 runs, all earned. Ian Desmond batted in Nats’ only run with a line-drive single in the bottom of the first allowing Denard Span to score.

Mets’ Right fielder Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer in the top of the second to gain a 2-1 lead over the Nats. In the third David Wright also hit a two-run homer followed quickly by another homerun by Byrd, this time a solo shot, all of which gave Mets 5-1 lead. It didn't get much better from there.

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Game #58 Recap: Nats Complete Comeback With Walk-off

In Jayson Werth’s return, Jordan Zimmermann had a strong 8 inning performance allowing two unearned runs, but it took a ninth inning comeback including a walk-off sac-fly from Steve Lombardozzi for the Nats to pull out the victory.

The Nats took a 1-0 lead in the second with Ian Desmond’s homerun to left field, the Nationals first of four hits in the game. Jordan Zimmerman pitched eight innings allowing 4 hits, striking out 4 while walking none. Mets scored two runs in the fifth inning after errors by LaRoche and Zimmermann led to Valedspin and former National Rick Ankiel scoring; securing a 2-1 lead.

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Series #20 Preview: Nationals vs. Mets

The Nationals were hoping togain a little ground against the Braves in the NL East after their series last weekend in Atlanta, but that was not the case. The Braves took two out of three and now hold a seven game lead in the division. The Nats are now only holding on two second place in the division by a half a game over the Phillies, who collectively almost qualify for Social Security because of their advanced age. 

What could right this horrible situation, you ask. Well, having a team come to town that was just swept by the Marlins, who until then had not swept a team all season. Enter, the New York Mets (22-32), who come to town for a three game series with the Nationals (28-29) starting on Tuesday. 

The Mats played inspired baseball when they took on the New York Yankees in the Subway Series last week and swept all four games. However, apparently they ran out of inspiration when they ran into the Marlins and got swept themselves. The Mets rotation this season has been below average as a whole, but they one gem, Matt Harvey has been killing it. The good thing is the Nationals will not be seeing Harvey because his spot in the rotation will not overlap with the series (THANK GOD!). 

In other good news, barring a disaster, Jayson Werth should be in the starting lineup on Tuesday and for as long as he can stay uninjured. Werth finished his rehab assignment with the Potomac Nationals where he practically hit every baseball thrown at him while he was in the batter’s box. He did so well in fact that Manager Davey Johnson characterized his performance as “frisky” during a press conference after the Braves series on Sunday.   

Injuries are still a problem for the Nationals. Bryce Harper was placed on the 15 day disabled list and cannot come off it until June 11. There has still been no definitive word on when Ross Detwiler will come back to the rotation and Wilson Ramos is expected to miss at least another couple weeks.

To add insult to injury (pun somewhat intended), the Nats ace, Stephen Strasburg was pulled from Friday’s game after only two innings with stiffness in his back. Tests showed that he has a Grade 1 lateral muscle strain. The organization is optimistic that he might make his next start to close out the Mets series, but other medical professionals have asserted that an injury like this usually takes 3-6 weeks to properly heal. At this point, the Nationals have not placed Stras on the disabled list, so fans will have to wait and see what happens as his start gets closer. Apparently, everything hinges on whether he is able to throw his bullpen session on Wednesday.

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Game #18 Recap: Nats Fall 2-0 in Rubber Match at New York

​The Nationals got a glimpse of the future with top prospect Anthony Rendon making his Major League debut at third base to fill in for an injured Ryan Zimmerman. However, their early season struggles continued as they were shut out by the Mets, losing 2-0, to drop the rubber-match.

Jordan Zimmermann got the start for the Nationals, looking to extend his record to 4-0. But Zimmermann struggled with his normally impeccable control, walking three and only getting through five innings on 96 pitches. Zimmermann still managed to be effective, limiting the Mets to only two runs on two hits and four strikeouts.

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Game #17 Recap: Bullpen, Offense Lift Nats Over Mets

The Nationals went into the second game of the series in New York looking to get back on track after a loss Friday night. Gio Gonzalez had a rough game in his previous game, so he was looking to rebound on Saturday afternoon. The Nationals offense and bullpen would ultimately lift the Nationals to their 10th win of the season.

Gio cruised through the first 3 innings of Saturday's contest against the Mets, while the Nationals picked up 3 runs in the second and third innings. Ian Desmond had homered in the 2nd inning, then a home run from Harper gave the Nationals a 3-0 lead in the 3rd.​ Unfortunately, the 4th inning is where Gio came unglued. The inning opened with Gio allowing a triple to David Wright and then a walk to John Buck. Gio was able to get 2 quick outs, with a groundout to Gio and making Byrd ground out for a throw home to get Wright in a run down. The Mets were able to open it up with 2 outs, though. Gio seemed to lose his cool and allowed 3 walks in the inning. Big hits from Cowgill, Turner, and Murphy made it 5-3 Mets. Gio would be done after a long 4th inning as Steve Lombardozzi would pinch hit to lead off the 5th.

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Game #16 Recap: Nats Fall in Series Opener at New York

A game that was supposed to be a pitchers duel between flamethrowing right-handers; turned in to a one-sided Mets victory Friday night.  As has been the case for most of this early season, Stephen Strasburg once again did not have his best stuff and it ended up being his undoing against a sharp Matt Harvey.

The Mets started the scoring off early when Jordany Valdespin reached on an error by Ian Desmond, went first to third on a Daniel Murphy single and then was brought home on a wild pitch by Strasburg. John Buck later singled in Murphy to bring the score to 2-0 after the 1st.

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Series #6 Preview: Nats at Mets

After taking two of three from the Marlins in Miami the Nats head to New York to take on the Mets. With the full accompaniment of Bryce Harper and Denard Span back in the lineup after battling illness, the offense will be primed to take on a Mets team that the Nats went 14-4 against in 2012, hitting their staff to the tune of .262/.330/.417. It should also be noted that two of those losses came against RA Dickey.

Speaking of RA Dickey, the biggest move the Mets made this offseason was to move the Cy Young winner to Toronto for a package of prospects. So far this season the Mets are 7-7, having started well but are currently on a three-game slide. This week has been particularly difficult on the Mets with multiple games postponed against the Twins and Rockies due to snow, leading to a doubleheader in Colorado on Tuesday. The offense, powered by John Buck, David Wright and Daniel Murphy, is hitting .269/.344/.443 and averaging 6 runs per game.

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