After finding themselves behind in the seventh inning, the Mets were able to string together a handful of hits en route to a come-from-behind victory over the Nationals, 3-2.
Steven Matz was able to rebound from a shaky start against the Cardinals on Sunday and pitch very well in five innings. Matz allowed one run in the fifth inning, however that run was caused by a fielding gaff by Todd Frazier that allowed Michael A. Taylor to reach base and come around to score later in the inning. However Matz once again had trouble mitigating the amount of pitches he throws in a start, as he threw 93 pitches in just five innings of work. In his previous start, he threw 89 pitches in four innings pitched.
Although the offense was quiet until the middle innings, the offense was able to score when they were needed. Travis d’Arnaud brought Todd Frazier home on a RBI single in the sixth inning, just after Pedro Severino hit an RBI single to break a 0-0 tie in the inning prior. After Bryce Harper hit a tie-breaking home run in the bottom of the sixth, the Mets were able to come back and take the lead for themselves. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a double which allowed Amed Rosario to bolt from first to home to tie the game, and then a Howie Kendrick defensive miscue on a groundball hit by Todd Frazier allowed Cabrera to come around to score the game-winning run.
The bullpen came through in the clutch once again today. Outside of a Bryce Harper home run given up by Hansel Robles in the sixth inning, the Nationals could not cool down a red hot Mets bullpen. A.J. Ramos had another no-stress relief appearance, retiring the side in the seventh inning. Jacob Rhame and Jerry Blevins pitched an at-bat a piece in the eighth inning, setting up Jeurys Familia to complete the unorthodox one-and-a-half inning save.
Tom’s Player of the Game: Asdrubal Cabrera (2 for 5, one RBI, one double, one run)
Cabrera was able to come through when the team needed to score most, and he was able to make a couple of cunning baserunning decisions which allowed him to reach scoring position twice, and allowed him to reach home on a groundout hit by Todd Frazier in the seventh. Cabrera usually gets ragged by fans for his poor fundamentals, but he was able to directly influence the game with some heads-up play on the basepaths.
Tomorrow’s Matchup: Matt Harvey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Tanner Roark (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
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