September 16, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 103 Review: Third-inning surge give Mets sweep of Nats

The Washington Nationals last woke up without sole possession of first place in the NL East on June 20, and will do so again on Monday morning, unlikely as that may have seemed even a week ago.

Their post-All Star break swoon hit a new low on Sunday night, as starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann gave up three home runs in the third inning and the New York Mets won 5-2 in a nationally televised game at Citi Field. The win moves the Mets into a tie for first place in the division and a desperately needed three-game sweep against Washington.

Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda all homered off Zimmermann in the third, after Anthony Rendon went deep to center off Noah Syndergaard in the second at-bat of the night in the top of the first. Yunel Escobar hit a solo home run later in the game. Former National Tyler Clippard earned the save for the Mets, which likely only serves as a further twisting of the knife to Nats fans who were treated to, frankly, a dreadful display of baseball this weekend.

NATS NOTES

  • Washington has lost five of their last seven games, and seven of their last ten.
  • In the series, Bryce Harper went 3 for 13 with three strikeouts, no home runs or RBI and an ejection.
  • Drew Storen and newly-acquired closer Jonathan Papelbon didn’t pitch during the series.

HERO: Rendon easily had the best performance among all Nationals, going 3 for 4 with the aforementioned home run and a double. His three hits were nearly half of the entire team total (eight).

GOAT: Save for Rendon, the top half of the order (Yunel Escobar, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth) went 3 for 20 with one RBI (Escobar’s home run).

NEXT UP: If the team is to slowly get things back on track, it’ll start on Monday at 7:05 p.m. in the District as Doug Fister (4-6, 4.39) goes up against Arizona’s Zack Godley (2-0, 2.25).

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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