Unlike the day before, the Mets decided to use a starter who would give them a chance to win. And that’s just what they did, as they downed the Nationals, 3-2, in the first of a four-game set to end the season.
David Peterson came out throwing strikes early. And that allowed him to complete seven innings for the first time this year. Peterson had thrown 93 pitches after six innings and for most of the year, that would have meant a new pitcher for the seventh. But, finally, the Mets stopped treating the starter as if he was made out of glass. And the world did not end. Maybe there’s a message in there somewhere.
Peterson ends his rookie season with a 6-2 record and a 3.44 ERA. Not too shabby for a guy who started the year at the alternate site as a depth starter. In his last three game, Peterson allowed just 4 ER in 18 IP, good for a 2.00 ERA.
Dominic Smith had three hits, including two doubles. But the hitting star of the night was Robinson Chirinos, who had two hits, including a homer, and drove in all three runs of the game for the Mets.
The Mets had 15 baserunners in the game but a 2-13 mark with RISP, with one of those hits being an infield one that didn’t drive in a run, kept it a low-scoring game.