August 20, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 92 Review: Ross Starts Strong, Nats Fall to Mets

What started as a potential pitcher’s duel ended in favor of the New York Mets on Tuesday night when they beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 amid a sticky summer evening.

The arms on the mound – 2015 All-Star Jacob deGrom from the Mets and rookie call-up Joe Ross from the Nats – faced the minimum nine batters through the first three innings pitched before New York scored took to the scoreboard first.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when second baseman Wilmer Flores hit a two-out single off Ross to send outfielder Curtis Granderson home to score.

Washington answered back when catcher Wilson Ramos went long and dropped a home run off at the seats in right field with a two-out, two-run bomb off deGrom in the fifth inning, giving Washington a 2-1 lead.

Ross and deGrom continued their quality outings against the respective opposition’s batting order up until the seventh inning when a couple hits and an error gave New York a 3-2 lead. Flores led off the inning with a single before outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis reached on a throwing error made by first baseman Clint Robinson. Then, with one out, pinch hitter Eric Campbell entered the game in deGrom’s place, singling on a line drive to the outfield and sending two runs home to score.

A four-run, ninth inning rally helped the Mets ensure their 7-2 win over the Nats when Washington starter turned reliever Tanner Roark struggled with the location of his pitches. Roark was replaced by fresh call-up and rookie pitcher Abdel de Los Santos who made his Major League debut in addition to ending the late-game rally. All the runs scored by New York in the ninth were charged to Roark who lasted a third of an inning.

But – by the end of the night – Ross’ early work wasn’t enough to help Washington bridge the offensive gap. Ross threw 88 pitches and 59 strikes in 6 1/3 innings while giving up four hits, three runs (two earned), and striking out four batters. Ross is now 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA.

THE HERO: Ramos. For his two-run homer, giving the Nats their only lead of the night.

THE GOAT: Roark. For allowing the Mets to engage in a four-run rally in the ninth inning.

NATS NOTES: Abel de Los Santos made his MLB debut in a tough spot but Manager Matt Williams like what he saw from the young pitcher regardless of the game’s outcome.

NEXT UP: Noah Syndergaard (4-5, 3.05) and the New York Mets face Jordan Zimmermann (8-5, 3.27) and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Game starts at 12:35 p.m.

About Rachel Levitin

Rachel Levitin is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals. For the past five seasons, she was credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals as an author for We Love DC. During her time spent with WLDC, Rachel composed game stories, covered off-the-field special events, and chronicled both of the Nats’ recent playoff runs. In addition to her work with WLDC, Rachel’s writing has been featured in the Washington Examiner and on MASNSports.com where she has been a featured guest blogger for the Nationals Buzz blog since 2011. Her love for baseball stems from having grown up on the north side of Chicago and falling in love with the sport’s history as a result of growing up just minutes from Wrigley Field. Rachel moved to DC in 2005 and has been following along with the Nats since their inaugural season. You can follow Rachel on Twitter @RHLevitin.

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