Several milestones were reached by the Washington Nationals last night in 5-1 defeat of the New York Mets:
P Gio Gonzalez won his 19th game and leads the majors in the category. He worked around 5 walks, struck out 3 and only gave up a run on a homer. R.A. Dickey, starting for the Mets tonight, thinks the Gonzalez is his biggest competitor for the NL Cy Young Award (NY Post).
The Nats exceeded the previous D.C. 162 game season victory total of 86, set by the 1969 Washington Senators
Matched the win total of the last D.C. team in a pennant race, the 1945 Senators
Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a homer to the batters eye (just to the right of the Mets Big Apple). A fan ran out and to get it and probably got ejected from the stadium. He also made a great grab to end the third inning.
The victory also officially eliminated the Mets from the pennant race (Nats Enquirer).
C Kurt Suzuki homered after his opposite number, Kelly Shoppach dropped a pop-up behind the plate. That’s pretty much the Mets season right there, isn’t it?
The front of Stoney’s bar in D.C. is displaying the Nats magic number (DC Sports Bog, The Post), though the magic number to get to the playoffs, not the division.
Speaking of magic number, let’s hope the Nats win tonight and the Braves lose again. I don’t want to get to stay on 15 or hit 14 any longer than absolutely necessary.
Hey, today is Lannanmas Eve (Nationals Journal, The Post)!
Jordan Zimmermann is on the mound for D.C. tonight.