The Mets lost Max Scherzer and then lost the game.
After Scherzer was ejected in the fifth inning for “left-sided fatigue,” the Mets lost 7-1 to the Nationals in front of 33,509 at Citi Field Saturday night.
The Mets (85-49) remained stifled by Scherzer’s status (throwing only 67 pitches before being ejected 1-1), but the Braves defeated the Marlins in Atlanta to secure the NL East. The lead in the 2018 season was reduced to two games. .
The Mets’ bullpen held the tie 1–1 until the eighth inning, when Lane Thomas hit a solo homer off of Adam Ottavino to give Washington a 2–1 lead. Going into Saturday, Ottavino had allowed just two earned runs in 18 innings since the All-Star break.
The Nationals (46-87) started the game with 5 runs in the ninth against Adonis Medina.
It was a much quieter night for the Mets offense, unable to beat Patrick Corbin. The Nationals southpaw went into the night with a 6.56 ERA this season, but he’s finished the last two, including his 6.62 ERA (27 hits with 13 earned runs and 17²/3 innings where he walked 9). I was pitching better in the game. Mets.
But Saturday, the Mets barely touched Corbin. He gave up just one run on three Eduardo Escobar solo homers with three hits and one walk in seven strong innings.
“From what I’ve seen so far, I thought it was good [him] “He was in charge and had a little extra crispness to his stuff tonight,” said Mets manager Buck Showalter. From there, he pitched in the zone and added a little bit of a fastball as well, he was spinning the ball at the top so he had a lot of fly balls, and then he pitched a lot in the inner quarter that he wasn’t doing. Got it.”
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Mets threatened Nationals reliever Carl Edwards, Jr.; Sterling his Marte hit an infield hit with two outs to put the runners on his first and his second. However, Francisco Lindor couldn’t capitalize on it and ran out to the shortstop to end the frame.
Next, the Nationals score five runs on five hits, a walk, and an error in the ninth inning against Medina. The right-hander played against his seven hitters, and although he recorded only one out, Bryce Montezde, who was called up earlier in the day to make his MLB debut, was replaced by Oka. rice field.
Leading the Nationals 1–0 in the first inning, Luis Garcia turned on a 94-mph fastball from Scherzer and smashed a 411-foot homer to right field.
After James McCann pitched a stolen base attempt in the second inning, the Mets used a heads-up play to free Scherzer from the jam in the third. With one out on first and second base, Garcia threw a check swing flare to the shortstop. Lindor looked ready to catch the ball before it dropped. He then flipped the ball to second base for a force before Jeff McNeil fired to third base and double-played CJ Abrams, who was taking a break in the second half.
The Mets then tied the score in the bottom of the third when Escobar homered for the second straight game. He went deep as a left-handed hitter against right-handed Josiah Gray before doing so as a right-handed hitter against left-handed Corbin.