Monday, 19 August, 2019

Game Preview: Washington Nationals at New York Mets

Stephen Strasburg passes Steve Rogers for franchise strikeout record Michael Conforto's shirt ripped off during celebration of Mets' walk-off win
Shannon Reynolds | 12 August, 2019, 21:55

Nationals closer Sean Doolittle became a favourite at Citi Field after blowing a three-run lead Friday night.

Guillorme picked a ideal time for his first big league homer - a tying shot to start the eighth - Davis added a go-ahead sacrifice fly a few batters later and NY worked its magic again, beating the Nationals 4-3 Saturday night for its season-best eighth straight victory.

The red hot Mets saw their 8-game winning streak snapped. NY was losing 3-0 in the fourth inning Friday when Alonso (two-run homer) and Davis hit back-to-back homers to tie the game. The key three-game series averaged 41,492 fans to create a playoff atmosphere throughout the weekend. The buzz died a bit after Soto's first-inning homer, but Davis and Ramos got it rocking again in the fourth. Soto went from first to third but turned his right ankle after getting a late stop sign from third base coach Bob Henley. The Nationals hold the top spot in the NL wild-card race, the Mets are 1 ½ games behind them. "I don't think you can ask for a better homestand than that". Lugo got two outs to tie the Mets record with 26 consecutive batters retired before Soto hit a no-doubter to right field. Soto was tagged out to end the inning. He opted to sign with Washington instead of returning to NY after being released by Texas.

"We've got to come back tomorrow and will it", Martinez said.

"This team has a lot of talent", Cabrera said. "I'm just here to help the team win". McNeil doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on Amed Rosario's single. He wrapped his 13-year career in an Expos' uniform in 1985, striking out the Padres' Steve Garvey in the first inning of his final start for strikeout no. 1,621. The Nationals put of a three-spot in the first off Mets starter Jacob deGrom, but the Mets came right back in the bottom of the second inning with their own three-spot.

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Alonso's toss should've hit deGrom in the chest and ended the threat, except the pitcher appeared to hesitate short of the bag. The ball glanced off his glove, and rolled all the way to the on-deck circle.

"If I make that play, we're probably still playing baseball", Alonso said. "Really tough pill to swallow". He is lined up for a simulated game on Tuesday.

Mets: There is still no timeframe for a rehab assignment for ailing OF Brandon Nimmo (neck) and IF Jed Lowrie (knee).

The Nats' open a home series against the Reds on Monday. He has gone 2-0 with a sparkling 2.49 ERA allowing seven earned runs on 25 hits including one home run, nine walks, and 17 strikeouts spanning 25 1/3 innings of work. Anthony DeSclafani gets the ball, and he is 7-6 with a 4.20 ERA and 120 strikeouts this season.

NY now travels to visit the division leading Atlanta Braves for three games starting on Tuesday.

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