The Nationals lost to the Mets tonight, 5-2. It was not a good night for John Lannan. Three of the walks he issued lead to 3 runs for the Mets, which ultimately was the Mets’ margin of victory. Despite Lannan’s less than stellar performance, the Nationals had plenty of opportunities to take and keep the lead in this game. But the offense left 24 — yes, 24 — men on base.
The biggest issue with this game, however, was a disputed 3-run homer by Gary Sheffield in the 6th inning that broke the 1-1 tie and put the Mets ahead for good. The Nationals protested that a fan had interfered, but after reviewing the play on video, the umpires upheld the initial ruling. It didn’t look like it should have been a home run to me, but what the hell do I know?!
The Nats tried to rally in the 7th inning, when a bases loaded walk to Ryan Zimmerman sent Wil Nieves home, making the score 5-2. But they were unable to capitalize any further on the bases loaded situation and failed to score any additional runs. This was particularly a shame, since the usually horrendous bullpen actually kept the Mets scoreless after the 6th inning.
Daniel Cabrera made his first relief appearance since being dropped from the starting rotation, and he showed exactly why he was removed from the starting rotation. Facing 5 batters in the bottom of the 7th inning, Cabrera issued 3 walks and had a wild pitch, before Jason Bergmann saved his sorry butt by getting the final out. Cabrera sucks…he just plain, flat out sucks.
Overall, it was a disappointing loss for the Nationals. In other words…same [bleep], different night.
EDIT: I forgot to mention this — the MASN broadcasters mentioned that the lineups were announced on the Jumbotron by American soldiers at Camp Victory in Baghdad. What a cool way to honor the military on Memorial Day! Well done, Mets…very well done.