Mets takeaways from Friday's 3-2 win over Nationals, including Francisco Lindor's bases-clearing hit
The Mets beat the Washington Nationals on Friday night, 3-2, thanks to solid pitching and one timely hit.
Here are the takeaways...
- Tylor Megill took the hill for the Mets and, for the sixth straight game, the opponent scored in the first inning against New York. This time, a one-out walk to Luis Garcia (who then stole second base) came back to bite Megill as Garcia came around to score on a two-out single by Joey Meneses.
- The Mets had a chance to score in the top of the first inning after loading the bases with two outs against MacKenzie Gore, but Starling Marte ended the threat with a flyout. New York has now been outscored in the first inning, 35-9.
- After the first-inning run, Megill maneuvered his way in and out of trouble as he dealt with multiple baserunners the entire night, but it was his defense behind him that let him down in the fourth inning. Alex Call led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a groundout and then scored on an error by Francisco Lindor.
Megill retired the side in order for the first time in the fifth inning and after 93 pitches through five, his night was done. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out four.
- Despite not scoring in the early innings, the Mets were able to elevate Gore’s pitch count and knock him out of the game after four innings and get to Washington’s bullpen which proved to be the difference.
- Leading off the sixth inning, Marte singled followed by a Mark Canha double that put runners on second and third with nobody out. Pinch-hitter Brett Baty then grounded one back to the pitcher, who threw home to nab Marte, who broke on contact. After Francisco Alvarez grounded out, Brandon Nimmo extended the inning with a walk to load the bases and bring up Lindor.
With a chance to make up for his error, Lindor smacked a single to center that cleared the bases and gave the Mets the lead, 3-2.
- The score stayed that way through the ninth inning thanks to clean innings by Jeff Brigham and Adam Ottavino. Manager Buck Showalter then asked David Robertson for a six-out save -- but after getting through the eighth inning, Robertson walked two in the ninth inning, sandwiched between a wild pitch.
Showalter decided to go with Drew Smith to get the final out of the game and the 29-year-old struck out Lane Thomas on four pitches to earn his first career save.
The Mets continue their four-game series against the Nationals on Saturday, May 13 with first pitch set for 4:05 p.m. on SNY.
LHP Joey Lucchesi will face off against RHP Trevor Williams.