The Washington Nationals clinch another series with a 3-1 against the Mets as Gio Gonzalez earns the win. While 3rd base coach Bob Henley struggled today in judgment as you can see in the video here, manager Dusty Baker pushed all the right buttons today for his Nationals as he got very creative. The Nationals improved to 12-5 on the season, and have extended their winning streak to 6 games in a row.
Dusty used Gio like a LOOGY to start the 7th inning just to get left-handed Curtis Granderson. He then brought in Blake Treinen to get the last 2 outs of the 7th inning which Treinen accomplished on just 3 pitches. Then Dusty brought in left-handed Enny Romero for the 8th inning and the first 2 batters of the 9th inning to hand the ball to Koda Glover who only had to face Travis d’Arnaud for the last out of the game and earn his first Major League save.
Not one NY Met got on-base against the Washington Nationals bullpen today. This is the bullpen we envisioned. This was one of the best played games by the Nats this season as all aspects of the game were excellent.
Adam Eaton 2-3 w/ BB, Trea Turner 2-4, Harp 3 BBs, Zim 1-3, Murph 2-3, TTB 0-1 w/ 2 BBs, Wieters 1-3
All of that against Jacob deGrom
— TALK NATS Blog (@TalkNats2) April 22, 2017
The Nats did damage against the Mets’ starter Jacob deGrom and scored all 3 runs off of him. The Mets bullpen was good against the Nats, and on this day, the Nats won the game against the starter. DeGrom looked great in the first inning, and there is a reason they play a full game. The Nats chipped away and scored 3 runs against deGrom, and analytically speaking, it could have been more. Daniel Murphy got thrown out at the plate by a country mile (Mets TV crew thought it was a city mile) which basically ended a promising inning. It was unfortunate—fortunately, the Nats in the end didn’t need the extra runs.