Last updated: 08/31/2016 - 7:18 PM UTC
With Carlos Beltran sitting out with a stiff neck the Mets pulled off a 14 inning 3-2 win over the Nationals last night. (As usual the extra inning games always seem to end one inning after I go to bed.) The winning run was scored when Damion Easley ran home on a wild pitch. Easley had led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and moved to third when a pick off attempt went bad. So depending on if you’re a glass half empty or half full person you’ll either say the mets were lucky to win it or that they won with great heads up base running that took advantage of opportunities that were not normally there.
Either way they won the game and move on to face the Phillies for a 3 game set at Citizen Bank Field in Philadelphia. The Phillies are not the Nationals and you must be up from the first at bat until the last to beat them even if, as expected, Jimmy Rollins doesn’t play. With Beltran’s stiff neck it’s possible the Mets will be without their start center fielder for one or more games over the weekend so the rest of the lineup will have to pick up the slack.
Anyway, there was more good news in the bullpen. Joe Smith pitched well again (1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K) and Duaner Sanchez (1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) pitched his second consecutive game. And Billy Wagner and Aaron Heilman pithed a scoreless inning each too. These guys are proving that they can get the job done. Now it’s up to the starters to put in their innings to keep the relievers from being over worked and the offense to give them leads to work with. So far they’ve had problems getting all three of these facets to match in a single game.