On a night when Matt Harvey didn’t have it, the resilient Mets rocked Washington’s world, rallying from a six run deficit, defeating the Nats 8-7.
This was not the outing NY was hoping for from Harvey, but three of the seven runs scored on his watch were the result of a bad hop single to center that Yoenis Cespedes could not handle.
Cespedes turned his costly error into a positive by whacking a bases clearing double in the bottom of the seventh to bring the Mets within one.
Thank god Kirk Nieuwenhuis was in the house, because without his tie breaking PH homer off of hard luck reliever, Jonathan Papelbon, NY could have been staring in the face of a four instead of 6 game lead over their nemesis.
Nationals’ manager Matt Williams took a gamble removing his recovering right-hander, Jordan Zimmerman, who pitched 5 and 2/3 innings of beautiful one run 3 hit ball.
After pulling the plug on Zimmerman, Williams made major mistakes keeping other pitchers on the mound way past their welcome, and with a commanding 6 run lead going into the seventh, too many walks in the park allowed the Mets to tie the score.
And even though the Mets have become masters of come from behind wins, it’s not a good sign that their once dominant starting pitching is showing some signs of wear and tear heading into the home stretch.
David Wright continues to make up for lost time on the team, going 2-4 with a single and towering homerun, while Jeurys Familia notched his 38th save.
Tomorrow the Mets go for the sweep as Jacob deGrom will try to pick up the pieces of his prior less than perfect outing against Tommy John surgery recipient, Stephen Strasburg, who returns after missing a start with tightness in his upper back.