Carlos Torres started for the Mets and was hit hard, surrendering four home runs in just four innings. His final line: 4 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
Greg Burke surrendered three runs in relief of Torres, but David Aardsma, Sean Henn, Tim Byrdak, Scott Atchison, and Gonzalez Germen combined to shutout the Nationals for the final four innings.
The Mets are now 2-6 to begin the month of September.
Andrew Wharton, ContributorOof. Talk about a lifeless lineup tonight. Combine that with a stellar Gio Gonzalez and you get a near no-hitter. There is no way around it: the Mets need David Wright and at least two more legitimate bats in this lineup to even think about competing. The pitching will be just fine, which is crazy when you consider the Matt Harvey situation, but the Mets really are that deep with young arms. But when you can’t score runs, you don’t win ballgames.
I’ve really been avoiding the whole Terry Collins discussion recently because I wanted to withhold judgement until I saw how the team finished. There’s still a few weeks of baseball left so I’ll stand pat on that issue, but I have to say I’m not being convinced that I was previously mistaken in my assessment because this team just has no life right now. The good news? The Mets are in line to get a protected pick, which helps their plans to acquire major league talent through free agency this offseason.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra
The Mets continue their four-game series with the Nationals tomorrow night at Citi Field, with Dillon Gee (11-9, 3.53) taking on Jordan Zimmermann (16-8, 3.30) at 7:10 PM.