Looking to rebound from Monday’s Opening Day loss, the New York Mets once again squared off against the Washington Nationals Wednesday night in Citi Field.
Unfortunately for the Mets, they lost again by a score of 5-1, falling to 0-2 for the season.
Outfielder Chris Young started the game after missing Monday afternoon’s game with a strained quad muscle, but was removed after half an inning. Young was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Newly acquired starting pitcher Bartolo Colon got the start for the Mets. Last season for the Oakland A’s, Colon pitched fantastic, 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA. Colon looked like the $20 million pitcher the Mets signed in the offseason early in the game.
The Mets got Colon an early 1-0 lead thanks to a centerfielder Juan Lagares leadoff triple and a sacrifice fly by star third baseman David Wright. But Washington soon caught up to the 40-year-old veteran. The Nationals began to work his pitch count and eventually struck against Colon.
Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche laced a double that scored outfielder Jayson Werth from second tying the game at one. Colon would limit the damage to a run in the fourth inning, but the following inning he allowed two solo home runs to second baseman Ian Desmond and pitcher Gio Gonzalez putting the Nationals ahead 3-1.
Colon would work himself out of a jam in the top of the sixth and finished the night allowing three runs on nine hits, striking out four while walking no batters.
The Mets bullpen unfortunately raised concerns once again. Making his first appearance of the season, right-handed reliever Gonzalez Germen came in to replace Colon at the start of the seventh inning.
Germen immediately allowed back-to-back doubles by outfielder Denard Span and second baseman Anthony Rendon, placing runners in scoring position at second and third. Germen then proceeded to throw a wild pitch, which got by catcher Travis d’Arnaud, bringing in Span to extend the Nationals’ lead 4-1. From there Germen seemed to calm down, retiring the next six batters he faced, striking out three.
Washington tacked on one more run off Kyle Farnsworth in the top of the 9th. Farnsworth had just been called up on the off-day Tuesday to replace injured closer Bobby Parnell on the roster. There was no comeback for the Mets this night as the big bats of Wright and outfielder Curtis Granderson, along with Andrew Brown went 1-2-3 to end the game.
The Mets offense was anemic Wednesday night. Lagares was the lone bright spot, collecting two of the Mets three hits with shortstop Ruben Tejada getting the other.
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