The game started off with an ominous sign when shortstop Wilmer Difo could not make a good throw on a tailor-made doubleplay to end the first inning. Taking advantage of the Nats gaffe, the Mets put two more baserunners on for Wilson Ramos who swung at a ball under the zone for a grand slam that slammed the door on the Nats tonight in the first inning. The team only got 2-runs back after being no-hit for 5 innings, and the team fell 9 games below .500 with this 6-2 loss. There were few positives in the game besides Victor Robles 2-run home run.
Should’ve been an inning-ending 4-6-3. Instead, it’s 4-0 Mets.
— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) May 14, 2019
If those 4-runs do not score in the first inning, maybe the Nats are tied 2-2 now and we play on into extra innings. If. If only. Defense matters. We have said it all year. Hellickson was winded by the long first inning, and he deserved better.
“All you have to do is play the game,” manager Dave Martinez said. “That’s a doubleplay ball 10 out of 10 times.”
Martinez has every right to be disgusted. You have to make the routine plays in this game, but you also have to swing the bats. In the last 18 innings, the Nationals only have six hits, and two runs scored.