August 17, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 145 Review: Nats Strike Early, Hold Off Mets Late

LAROCHE, RENDON HOMER AS NATS DEFEAT METS

Opening up a three-game series against the New York Mets in Queens, New York, the Washington Nationals got on the scoreboard early and held off the Mets late to take Game 1 of the series, 6-2.

The Nationals got things going early offensively. With Anthony Rendon (3-for-5, 2 RBI) on base with a single, Adam LaRoche (2-for-5, 3 RBI) took a two-out 3-2 pitch off the right field foul pole to give the Nationals an 2-0 lead. For LaRoche, it was his 24th homer of the year and 28th all-time against the Mets, the most homers he’s hit against any team throughout his career.

Two innings later, LaRoche kept things going for the Nats. With Jayson Werth (1-for-3) standing on second following a one-out double, LaRoche knocked a single in left-centerfield for his third RBI of the game. Two batters late following a Bryce Harper (1-for-4) single to load the bases, Wilson Ramos grounded out to the pitcher to score LaRoche and give the Nationals a 4-0 lead after three innings.

After Tanner Roark pitched his first 1-2-3 inning of the night in the bottom of the third, Rendon extended the Nationals lead yet again in the top of the fourth.

To lead-off the inning, Denard Span (1-for-5) reached on a bunt-for-a-base-hit. Two pitches later, Rendon made Mets’ starter Bartolo Colon pay. For his 19th homer of the year, Rendon put a 1-0 pitch just over the left-field wall to give Washington a decisive 6-0 lead.

To lead-off the bottom of the fifth, the Mets plated their first run when Anthony Recker hit a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall to cut the lead to 6-1.

Roark’s effective and efficient night ended in drama in the seventh inning after loading the bases with just one. Following a Dilson Herrera RBI single, Roark was given the hook for Craig Stammen, who was able to record the final two outs of the inning without giving up another run.

On the night, Roark needed just 87 pitches to go 6.1 innings giving seven hits, two earned runs and one strikeout.

An inning later, the Mets once again loaded the bases. In the eighth inning, Stammen and Thornton combined to give up three base runners on two hits and a hit batter. Stammen and Thornton were each able to get an out, but it was Tyler Clippard that entered to get the final out of the inning by striking out Anthony Recker.

Ross Detwiler then entered the game in the ninth to finish the game off for Washington. Needing just eight pitches, the left-hander got the Mets to go 1-2-3 with little drama to end the game.

With the 6-2 win, Roark earned his 13th victory of the season and lowered his season ERA to 2.96.

On Friday night, the Nationals and Mets return to Citi Field for Game 2 of this four-game series. The Nationals will send Gio Gonzalez to the mound to oppose Dillon Gee. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM EST.

Game Notes

In the top of the fourth after hitting his second batter, Mets’ starter Bartolo Colon was tossed from the game immediately after hitting Jayson Werth in a pitch that hit him in the arm, but above the chest. Mets’ skipper Terry Collins was then tossed as well when he came out to argue the ejection.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Asdrubal Cabrera (0-for-2, 2 BB) provided the game’s finest web gem. After ranging 30 feet to his left to field a throw-over from Tanner Roark that got past Adam LaRoche, Cabrera then fired a bullet to third base in time to gun down Eric Young Jr. who was attempting to go from first-to-third on the play.

The Mets gifted a handful of base runners to the Nationals. Over the course of the game, the National drew six walks and saw two more batters get hit by pitches.

As noted in the article, Adam LaRoche has been an absolute Mets killer. In terms of homers and RBI, there isn’t a team in the league that he hasn’t better against than New York. Including Thursday night’s effort, he’s hit 28 home runs and 83 RBI against the Mets in his career.

A couple notes from the trainer, Anthony Rendon (sick) and Ian Desmond (back tightness) both played Thursday after missing Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

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Brian Skinnell is a sports writer born and raised in the Washington, D.C.-metro area and covers the Washington Nationals, Wizards and MiLB for District Sports Page. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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