Final Score: Nationals 5, Mets 3.
Dame of the Game:
Adam LaRoche: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB. The only National to crack the top 5 in all star balloting, failed to crack the top 5 reasons why the Mets lost (they were all Mets players). But he still did good.
Shame of the Game:
Daniel Murphy: 0-4, 2 E. After last night’s game, Jordany Valdespin sat in his locker crying. Murphy approached him and placed his hand on his shoulder.
“What’s going on, Jordany?” asked Daniel.
“Daniel, I cost us the game with my two errors!’ replied Jordany.
“So why are you crying?”
“Because I finally have proven that I am a Met!”
Having never seen somebody that happy before, Daniel decided to be like Jordany and commit 2 errors today, once again greatly limiting the Mets chances to win. It was a thrilling day for Murphy, who after months of being a mediocre player too good for this New York team, finally solidified his spot as a New York Met.
There was no lead to blow last night for the New York Mets. From the first inning on the Nationals were in front, nearly blowing the game twice themselves but ultimately remembering that is not the goal. The Nationals at times tried to do their best Mets impression, committing two errors themselves on the night. But in the end, this team is a whole different team from the Mets; it’s a team that knows how to get the job done. We’ve historically been so different from the Mets that it’s silly to even think we’d blow the game so easily. We don’t have a history of terrible failure. Oh wait, we do. Well, we don’t have an overpaid underperforming outfielder plagued by injuries. Oh wait, we do. Well, we make the playoffs often. Oh wait, we don’t. Oh no…have we been…like the Mets before? Ew. Ew ew ew. I need to go take a shower to wash off this horrible feeling.
In an act of certain revenge, Ike Davis bested the German-born Edwin Jackson by going 1-1 with 2 walks off of him. But in the end, Jackson came out on top by getting just his 2nd win of the season. Germany has produced a lot of people just like Jackson. People who make bad decisions when it comes to dealing with Jewish people, and people who don’t win often.
The Nationals cleanup man turned in a great performance, as LaRoche drove in four of the five runs for Washington on the day. However there was a lot of of doubt in the Mets cleanup hitter every time he came up. It seemed like doubt was written all over Duda’s back, and the announcers couldn’t help but saying that word over and over when he was at bat.
The Nationals have jumped out to a 2 game lead on Atlanta and Miami just days after being in a three way tie on top. The Mets have gone back to doing what they do best, depressing, and the Marlins have gone back to doing what they do best, being an afterthought. The Nationals look to beat the Mets tomorrow afternoon for the first time this series, while the Mets look to avoid sweeping themselves by not beating themselves for the third time.