The New York Mets (69-71) defeated the Washington Nationals (60-80) by a score of 3-2 in a Wednesday matinee in our nations capital.
This was a hard fought contest for both sides as it was anyone’s game right up to the final out. R.A. Dickey started for the Mets and earned his tenth win of the year by going 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs, striking out 1, and walking zero. Dickey also made his presence felt at the plate going 2 for 2 with a run scored. His batting average for the season stands at a solid .233, just .002 points behind Carlos Beltran.
The Mets struck first in the top of the third against Livan Hernandez with consecutive base knocks by Dickey and Angel Pagan. Second baseman Luis Hernandez then followed with a double scoring Dickey and Beltran brought Pagan home with a sacrifice fly to left pushing the score to 2-0 in favor of the visitors.
Two innings later the Nationals responded with a two run inning of their own thanks to a two run shot by the catcher of the future, Wilson Ramos. The home run was the first of his young career.
After stumbling through the third, Livan was on cruise control until the seventh when he walked Josh Thole to lead off the inning, only to see him advance to second after a sacrifice bunt by Ruben Tejada. With a runner on second and one out, Livan’s day was complete. Sean Burnett came in relief for Hernandez to face the pinch hitting Nick Evans, who played hero by doubling down the right field line scoring Thole and giving the Mets a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish.
It is worth noting that Danny Espinosa has gone hitless since his breakout performance on Monday, lowering his average to .409 on the year.
After a much needed off day on Thursday, Washington will welcome in the Florida Marlins for a three game set at Nationals Park.