Nationals embarrass Mets on Labor Day

The Washington Nationals (60-78) pounded the New York Mets (67-71) by a score of 13-3 in our nations capital, or in the spirit of the upcoming football season, they won by a touchdown and a field goal. Basically, anytime Oliver Perez gets in a game for the Mets you know it must have been a blowout.

With the Mets holding on to an early 3-0 lead thanks to RBI’s by David Wright and Josh Thole, Mike Pelfrey was cruising through the first two innings in what looked like would be another promising start, that is until Danny Espinosa stepped to the plate for the first time and drove a ball opposite field for a home run.

Little did we know that the Espinosa show was just beginning. For the day, the 23-year-old shortstop went 4 for 5 with two home runs (the second a grand slam), 6 RBI and two runs scored. Even more impressive, in his first 5 major league games, Espinosa is hitting .563 with 3 home runs, 3 doubles, and 10 RBI. His impressive performance earned him a curtain call following his grand slam off Ryota Igarashi.

As for the rest of the Nationals, nearly everyone contributed to a pair of five run innings in the fourth and sixth. Washington batted .428 (6 for 14) with runners in scoring position.

Jordan Zimmermann struggled with his command and went four innings giving up three hits, three runs (one earned), striking out two, walking four, and throwing 79 pitches. Scott Olsen then came in and was spectacular, giving the Nats four innings of hitless baseball, striking out three and walking juts two. Olsen earned his fourth win of the year and lowered his ERA to 5.58.

The Mets offense continues to disappear in the late innings of games, with their last hit being a Josh Thole double in the top of the third. New York’s relief pitchers were also unimpressive, giving up seven runs in their 4 1/3 innings of work.

Tuesdays game will be interesting as both Washington and New York are sending out pitchers making their major league debuts, Dillon Gee for the Mets and Yuneski Maya for the Nationals.