This one was a rough game for the Mets. Despite a late push by the bats, the Nationals easily walked away with the rubber game of a three-game set to tie the season series at three games apiece. They quite literally “walked” away with this one today as Mets pitchers walked 12.
Zack Wheeler doled out a career-high seven free passes, including four in the 5th innings to walk in a run. A four-hit two-walk 2nd inning also hurt his final line, which came to be 4.2 IP, 7ER, 4 H, 7 BB, and 2 K’s. Having to face the Nationals twice in a row certainly didn’t help Wheeler, but he didn’t help himself either with only 51 of his 103 pitches going for strikes. Tim Peterson also struggled with control in relief, accounting for the other five walks.
Max Scherzer started for the Nationals, and fortunately the Mets will not have to face him for at least another month.
The final score may be a surprise to those who tuned out after the top of the 7th inning, as the Mets continued their domination of the National’s bullpen with eight runs in garbage time. The tying run was actually in the hole for the Mets with one out in the 9th after a Michael Conforto three-run blast, but Dave Martinez went to closer Sean Doolittle to lock down the save. In the 7th Brandon Nimmo broke out of his slump with an RBI double, and Pete Alonso followed up with a three-run homer for his third bomb of the season. After today’s game the Mets now lead the Majors in runs scored in the 7th-9th innings, but fall to 6-3.