The Adam Dunn shift
Nats’ One-Game Roll Ends Quickly – The Post
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Craig Stammen started yesterday’s game by walking the first Mets batter on four pitches. The situation deteriated from there.
He fell behind the next hitter, Fernando Martinez, and thought about a double-play ball; those sort of things tend to happen when his sinker is sinking.
Instead, with the count 1-1, Martinez hammered a pitch off the wall in right-center. Cue the avalanche: Stammen kept falling behind hitters. He walked another one. Daniel Murphy roped a single. Ryan Church blitzed a double. Stammen threw two wild pitches, both creating runs. By the end of the inning, the Mets had five runs and three hits, and Stammen had thrown 32 pitches — 17 balls.
From my seat in section 417, I thought that catcher Josh Bard should have stopped the wayward pitches, but nonetheless, a passed ball is not much different. Either way, being down 5-0 is a tough hole to climb out of, but the Nats had nine full innings ahead of them to crawl back. However, anemic hitting and a strong performance by ¡LIVAN! for the Mets assured that had there been 18 or 27 innings, Washington was not going to erase the deficit.
The promising aspect of the day was that Stammen rebounded to throw four scoreless innings before leaving after the fifth inning. I thought he should have stayed in for another inning, his pitch count was only about 86, but Manny Acta felt otherwise.
¡LIVAN! threw 7 scoreless innings and the Mets bullpen did the rest. Final score 7-0.
It was a beautiful day for baseball though and I thoroughly enjoyed taking the game in with my dad. I also biked to a from Nationals Park.
I am trying to remember the last time I witnessed the Nats win at Nationals Park. I think my all-time record there is 1-6-1. Maybe that “tie” will become a win after the postponed Astros game is made up on July 9.
Stammen struggles as Mets rout Nats – The Wash. Times
They won on Saturday night though, 7-1, behind John Lannan’s complete game.
Nats wallop Mets 7-1 – The Wash. Times
Lannan’s Complete Game Lifts Nationals – The Post
Friday, well, they lost 3-1.