Mets fall to Nationals, 5-3

After securing Jacob deGrom’s first victory of the 2020 campaign, the Mets looked to continue their winning ways as they began a quick two-game series against the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals. Although starting pitcher Steven Matz did not have his best stuff, and the offense was short-handed with the red hot Robinson Cano heading to the disabled list and Amed Rosario and Jeff McNeil listed as day-to-day, the team battled.

Washington struck early with five runs in the first two innings off Matz. The southpaw struggled mightily to get control of his fastball, which Nationals hitters took advantage of. The Nationals, who are playing their first game since the Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak cancelled their last series, have been waiting to get going But after Matz’s three innings of work, the bullpen shut the Nationals offense down, extending their scoreless inning streak to eight.

The offense could not really get going, finishing the night at 1-for-6 with RISP, and leaving nine runners stranded. Andres Gimenez continued to impress, tallying two hits and bringing his average up to .333 on the year.

Offense

After a quiet first two frames, which featured strikeouts from both Brandon Nimmo and Pete Alonso, the Mets registered their first hit of the game in the top of the third inning when Tomás Nido ripped a line drive off of third baseman Carter Kieboom. The Mets finally get on the board in the fourth inning as Michael Conforto followed a Wilson Ramos single with an opposite field home run, cutting the Nationals’ lead to just three. Conforto has been one of the most consistent hitters the Mets have had this season, reaching safely each of the first 12 games of the season.

Andres Gimenez led off the fifth inning with a strikeout on a crisp slider from Patrick Corbin, who then got Nido to strike out swinging on the same pitch. Brandon Nimmo reached base with a two out single, who then advanced to third on a throwing error from Kieboom, while Davis reached on the same play, which was ruled a single. With runners on the corners, Alonso shot a line drive to right field to drive in Nimmo, breaking out of an 0-for-13 skid.