November 17, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 147 Review: Nats Rain Runs in Win Over Mets

HARPER HOMERS AS NATS BLOWOUT METS

As a steady rain fell over Citi Field on Saturday night, the Washington Nationals poured runs on the New York Mets the whole night through, winning the third of a four-game series, 10-3.

The Nats reduced their “magic number” to clinch the division to six games over the Braves, and can eliminate them as early as Tuesday.

In the top of the second inning, Bryce Harper (3-for-4, 2 RBI) put the Nationals on the board with a towering home run that came back to earth half way up the upper deck in right field. Ian Desmond (3-for-4, 3 RBI) who walked to reach base, scored on the play as well to give the Nationals an early 2-0 lead.

Leading off the fourth inning, Desmond reached base for the second time in as many at bats on an infield single. Harper then followed with an infield single of his own. Two pitches later, Desmond stole third and advanced home when catcher Travis d’Arnaud’s throw to third sailed into left field.

The following inning, the Nationals continued to pour it on the Mets’ young starter, Zach Wheeler.

The first three men that went to the plate — Denard Span (1-for-5, 2 RBI), Anthony Rendon (4-for-5), Jayson Werth (1-for-5, 2 RBI) — reached on a walk, fielders choice and double, in that order. While Rendon hit into a fielder’s choice, Span was safe at second after diving back in time (he stole the base during Rendon’s at bat). Werth then stepped to the plate and doubled home Span to give the Nationals a 4-0 advantage.

That was all for Wheeler. After not recording an out in the fifth and reaching the 100-pitch mark, he was pulled and replaced by Gonzalez German.

Desmond continued his productive night at the plate. With Rendon and Werth in scoring position, the shortstop scored them both on a 2-RBI double.

In the bottom of the frame, New York plated their first runs. After Curtis Granderson doubled to leadoff the inning, Wilmer Flores homered to cut the lead to four, 6-2 off Nats starter Doug Fister.

With Span and Rendon standing at the corners, Werth got one back for the Nationals in the top of the sixth. Grounding out into a fielders choice, Span scored to bring the score to 7-2.

Pitching with a five-run cushion, Fister took the mound for his final inning work in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and two men on, Granderson reached on an infield single that scored Juan Lagares from second.

After six full innings, Matt Williams pulled Fister from the game. The right-hander allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out three and throwing 75 pitches.

Span and Desmond added three more runs in the eighth and ninth innings for a little added insurance. Desmond doubled home Werth while Span hit a two-run homer, his fifth of the campaign.

Over the final three innings, Rafael Soriano, Ross Detwiler and Xavier Cedeno combined to give one hit while striking out three. Fister earned his 14th win of the year.

On Sunday afternoon, the Nationals and Mets return to Citi Field for the series finale. Jon Niese takes the mound for the Mets while Jordan Zimmermann (11-5, 2.93) will go to work for the Nationals.

Game Notes

With a stolen base in the top of the fourth, Ian Desmond became the fourth shortstop in MLB history hit 20 homers and steal 20 bags in three consecutive seasons.

The Nationals offense exploded on Saturday night. Washington out-hit New York 15-6 en route to the lopsided win.

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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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