Nats Bulletin: Bullpen Falls Apart in 8-6 loss

Washington Nationals bullpen can’t protect big lead in 8-6 loss to New York Mets – Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

“Just as the Nationals further asserted themselves as potential contenders, their bullpen melted down, turning a sure win into a bitter 8-6 loss to the New York Mets before 31,606. Bruney and Tyler Clippard, at one point the most dominant reliever in baseball, figured in the six-run implosion in the eighth….The Nationals squandered a game they had full control of throughout. They led by three runs after the first, five after the fifth and four after the seventh. But rather than bolstering their place in the standings, Washington fell back into a second-place tie with the Mets and snapped a three-game winning streak.”

Carter makes immediate mark with Mets – Andrew Marchand, ESPN New York

“The Mets trailed the whole night until into the eighth when Bruney and Clippard entered. Jason Bay — who had three hits on the night — led things off with a single. David Wright followed with his second double of the game. Suddenly, the Mets, who were down four to begin the inning, were setting up The Animal’s big moment….After an Ian Desmond throwing error, Jeff Francoeur stuck out. Rod Barajas did what he has done all season — he came up huge. Big Hit Barjas nailed a two-run double. And you could just feel that the guy nicknamed the Animal would ultimately get his chance.”

Bullpen collapses in 8-6 loss – Ben Goessling,

“The Nationals’ 8-6 loss to the Mets tonight was a defeat of the variety they simply haven’t endured this year. Washington’s bullpen, so solid for most of the season, hasn’t melted down as swiftly and dramatically as it did on Tuesday night. And that bullpen failure was about the only thing the Nationals did wrong in a game they led most of the way and probably should have won.”

Let’s see what they’re made of – Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

“To date, the 2010 Nationals have exuded a different personality, one of professionalism and togetherness. They still haven’t dropped more than two games in a row this season. Their three previous worst losses (all in 10 innings) were immediately followed the next day with victories, giving everyone confidence that tonight’s shocker will be a mere bump in the road and nothing more.”

Post Game: Mets 8 Nationals 6 – Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog

…the Mets looked tight again for most of the game, then, worse, looked flat once down by five runs in fifth inning, all of which was a continuation from how they seemed the day or so before… but, Jeff Francoeur drove in wright on a sac-fly in the sixth, and in the eighth, wow, the lights went on… hat’s off to Alex Cora for noticing how deep the first baseman and third baseman were playing, with the go-ahead run on second, for dropping down a terrific bunt, moving barajas to third, who eventually scored on a hit from Angel Pagan…

Mets 8, Nationals 6: Animal Kingdom – James Kannengieser, Amazin’ Avenue

“The amount of literal and figurative ink spilled over David Wright’s “struggles” the last 72 hours or so has been ridiculous. The man is a beast and has a team-leading .968 OPS after going 3-4 with two doubles and a walk tonight. Of course, those desperately trying to turn Wright into the Mets’ version of A-Rod (“he’s un-clutch!”) will point to his 8th inning strikeout as a sign that he’s a mess. Yes, I wish he was striking out less. However, as long as his production is stellar, which it is, there’s no reason to freak out about him when so many other hitters are struggling. One of those hitters, Jason Bay, had his biggest night in quite some time, going 3-4 but with no extra-base hits.”

Mets Game 33: Win Over Nationals – Joe Janish, Mets Today

“Scott Olsen, on the other hand, was pretty good for the Nationals, despite allowing 10 baserunners in 5 1/3 innings. Somehow he wiggled his way out of trouble in every inning, and was inexplicably removed by manager Jim Riggleman after throwing only 82 pitches. Seeing Olsen exit was the best thing that could happen to the Mets, who finally scored their second run when Tyler Walker allowed an inherited runner to score, and then pounded the Washington bullpen for 6 runs in the fateful eighth frame.”