The New York Mets improved to 4-0 on Monday evening, defeating the Washington Nationals, 4-3:
#imwith28: After a lead off walk from Mike Baxter, Ruben Tejada — with the count 3-2 — laid down a perfect bunt that forced an errant throw from Nationals pitcher Henry Rodriguez. Both Tejada and Baxter advanced to second and third respectively, before Baxter trotted home with the game winning run, courtesy of a Daniel Murphy walk-off single.
With David up behind me I figured they would want to come and get me, maybe walk David and pitch to Ike for the double play. I just feel blessed to get a piece of that ball right there and not miss it.”
Gutty Performance From Pelf: Mike Pelfrey started for the Mets tonight and gutted his way through 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on ten hits while tying a career high eight strikeouts:
After allowing two runs in the third, big Pelf pitched his way in and out of a jam in the fourth. After a throwing error from the Mets starter placed runners on first and second with one out, the right hander induced Ian Desmond to ground into an inning ending double play. Pelfrey went on to retire five of the next six batters he faced before his night was ended with back-to-back two out singles in the sixth. Following the game, Pelfrey spoke to reporters and stated the following:
Early I missed a lot of pitches over the middle of the plate. I can’t do that. I think I need to be down a little bit more. And, like I said keep it out of the middle and I’ll be fine. Stuff wise I thought it was good. If I can take that out there every night, it will be a good year.”
Revamped Pen Comes Up Big, Again: Once again, the Mets bullpen was fantastic, as three pitchers combined to pitch 3 1/3 scoreless frames. After Miguel Batista walked the first two batters he faced in the top of the seventh, manager Terry Collins called upon Ramon Ramirez to relieve the 41-year-old reliever. Ramirez made quick work of Adam LaRoche before getting Jayson Werth to ground into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play. Ramirez handed the ball over to Jon Rauch, who tossed two scoreless inning lowering the Mets bullpen ERA to 0.88 in the process:
This Will Never Get Old, #imwith28: With a runner on first and one out in the top of the eighth, Ryan Zimmerman connects on a would-be single up the middle if not for a terrific diving stop by Daniel Murphy. With a full extension dive to his right, Murphy gobbled up the grounder, hoped to one knee, and completed the play with a toss to Ruben Tejada, getting the force out at second. Manager Terry Collins had the following to say about the play:
A great play. A great play to knock that ball down. It sets up a whole different program. That ball gets through there, first and third holes open up on the infield. Dan Murphy, what can you say? He’s all out every minute of every game.”
He’s On Fire: Once again, David Wright put the Mets on the board with a two-out RBI single in the third. Wright is now hitting a whopping .583 over the clubs first four games, collecting seven hits in 12 at-bats while driving in four runs.
Welcome To The Show: Kirk Nieuwenhuis tied the game at 3-3 with a two-run shot that landed in between the new and old wall in right field.
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