Post Game: Mets 8 Nationals 6

The Mets (18–15) defeated the Nationals (18–15) by the score of 8 to 6 in Citi Field tonight.

For a full recap and boxscore, go to SNY.TV.

  • PolaroidTrimmedThe Mets entered the eighth inning down 6–2, then sent 12 men to the plate and scored six runs, which included an RBI double off the left-field wall by Rod Barajas and a pinch-hit, go-ahead RBI double from Chris Carter in his team debut.
  • Jon Niese let up six runs, five hits and five walks in 4.1 innings
  • Adam Dunn hit a three-run home in the first inning.
  • Manny Acosta, Hisanori Takahashi, Raul Valdes and Frankie Rodriguez pitched in relief of Niese and did not allow a run.
  • David Wright and Jason Bay were a combined 6 for 10.

the Mets looked tight again for most of the game, then, worse, looked flat once down by five runs in fifth inning, all of which was a continuation from how they seemed the day or so before… but, Jeff Francoeur drove in wright on a sac-fly in the sixth, and in the eighth, wow, the lights went on… hat’s off to Alex Cora for noticing how deep the first baseman and third baseman were playing, with the go-ahead run on second, for dropping down a terrific bunt, moving barajas to third, who eventually scored on a hit from Angel Pagan

…speaking of ike, he made – yet AGAIN – an acrobatic grab around the railing, flipping over and in to the dugout to end the game… three times he has made this exact catch… amazing… the best part was seeing rodriguez look and laugh, as he walked off the mound with his fifth save…

…if barajas is going to drive in runs like this, while he’s hot, and clobbering fastballs, i’m starting to think he should get more at bats per game, and so he should probably hit further up in the order…

 …by the way, i think carter might be a little crazy, and i like it… i saw him around the field and in the clubhouse before the game and he was full of energy… he looks totally focused and intense… in continued in the dugout, where he was pacing with a bat in his hand for much of the game… he was swinging the bat in the on-deck circle like he was trying to cut down a tree, and when he stood at second after driving in the go-ahead run it looked like he was barking at himself… all of which i enjoyed… seriously, i like the aggressive attitude… he’s a character, right down to crowding the plate and choking up on the bat, the handle of which he has wrapped with about 10 roles of medical tape… outstanding… i think that’ll be good for this team… and for us…

…frankly, i like these guys… i like their dynamic… it’s a good mix of young players, like davis, carter, Jon Niese and Mike Pelfrey, and newer veterans, like Jeff Francoeur, Hisanori Takahashi, Jason Bay and Rod Barajas, among others… i hope they keep winning and doing well, because, with an addition here and there, i think these guys can be successful and very fun to watch throughout the summer and hopefully beyond

The Mets conclude their three-game series with the Nationals tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 pm, with Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 2.65 ERA) taking on Craig Stamman (1-1, 5.63 ERA).