If you took a look at only the hit column in the box score, you would likely think the Mets slaughtered the Nationals yesterday. Actually, they did not quite slaughter them, but they still came out on top to win, 6-3.
Brian Schneider was the only hitter in the lineup with at least three hits, but several members of the team were able to get a hit. David Wright hit an opposite field double and also had a single, while Ryan Church went 2-4 with a double and a home run. Church’s home run seemed to be a pop-up when it first came off the bat, but it kept going and going until Nat’s centerfielder Lastings Milledge watched it fly over his head, nearly hitting the apple.
Carlos Delgado took advantage of the defensive shift and did something that reminded me of the Shea opener LAST season, when he put down a bunt toward third base and easily beat it out. This time, he did the same thing because there was nobody in the area.
Moises Alout raised his average to .364 with two hits, while Carlos Beltran’s average dropped to .264 with a 1-4 day at the plate.
On the mound, John Maine cruised through six innings, allowing only one earned run on two hits. He gave up an unearned run because a home run scored a baserunner who reached on an Easley throwing error one batter before. Matt Wise returned and gave up one run, while Duaner Sanchez got himself out of trouble in the eighth to leave the Nats stranded. Sanchez’s fastball has toned down about ten miles per hour since his accident, as it now averages around 87 mph.
Billy Wagner got his eight save of the season, and still has yet to give up an earned run. I love being able to look at a box score and seeing a 0.00 next to his ERA column. We’ll keep an eye on that all the way through the all-star break, because as we all very well know, he started to slip in the second half of last season. I was guessing it was because of his arm getting worn down at his older age, but since he now uses a wind-up and has more pitch selection, it may be a different story.