Everyone wearing a New York Mets (55-52) uniform had themselves prepared for a game against Washington Nationals (50-56) starter Jason Marquis…that was until a trade to Arizona changed the game-plan.
Cue-in a spot-start for Yunesky Maya, who was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse, to take the mound for the Nationals. The righty proceeded to mystify the Mets for 5.1 shutout innings, in recording his first MLB victory.
Helping Maya’s cause was a three-run homer by Jayson Werth in the bottom of the first inning, which was just enough for the 3-0 victory. On his bobble head night, the right fielder finished with two hits at the dish.
The New York offense finished with eight hits, in their fifth shutout this season….made the game interesting in the top of the ninth inning. With Nationals closer Drew Storen on the hill, the Mets were able to load the bases for pinch-hitter and former-Nationals player Willie Harris.
Harris could not complete the ninth-inning rally, striking out to end the Mets threat, snapping their five-game winning streak.
New York hit the ball hard, as David Wright and Daniel Murphy continue to swing the hot sticks…but the Mets could not find that key hit to drive home a run. For Wright he now has a nine-game hitting streak, since missing two months with his fractured back.
As for Murphy, he was able to extend his hitting-streak to seven games, with a single in the top of the sixth. Jason Bay and Josh Thole had two hits each, to round out the offense for the Mets.
Current strike-out leader Jon Niese (10-8, 3.97 ERA) will take the hill to help the Mets capture the finale against the Nationals, as the lefty will take on Jordan Zimmermann (6-9. 3.27 ERA).
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