August 31, 2013: Mets Club Nationals With 17 Hits

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Date: August 31, 2013
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 11
Nationals: 3
Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Key player(s): Omar Quintanilla, Daniel Murphy, Eric Young, Juan Lagares
Key play: Mets’ two-run singles

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Saturday night in Washington. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. The Mets pounded out seventeen hits in an 11-3 win.

Following a scoreless first inning, Travis d'Arnaud got a one-out single against Nats’ starter Dan Haren in the top of the second. Juan Lagares singled and Matt den Dekker went down on strikes. Omar Quintanilla hit a double to drive home d’Arnaud and Lagares for a 2-0 Mets lead. Haren struck out Zack Wheeler to end the inning. Wheeler then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Eric Young singled against Haren to lead off the top of the third. With Daniel Murphy at bat, Young stole second base. Murphy hit a single to score Young and advanced to third base on a single by Josh Satin. Ike Davis followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Murphy and a single by d’Arnaud ensued. Lagares hit a single on which right fielder Jayson Werth threw to catcher Wilson Ramos for an out at home on Satin. Den Dekker singled for his first major league hit to plate d’Arnaud and send Lagares to third. With Washington reliever Tanner Roark on the mound, den Dekker stole second. Quintanilla drew a walk to load the bases and Wheeler walked to force home Lagares. Young singled to drive home den Dekker and Quintanilla, increasing the Mets’ lead to 8-0. Roark retired Murphy on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Ian Desmond. Wheeler then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Roark gave up only a double to Satin in the top of the fourth. Wheeler hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Roark set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Wheeler retired all three Nationals hitters in the bottom half and Murphy singled with one out in the top of the sixth. On his own hit, Daniel was out at second base via a throw by left fielder Bryce Harper to second baseman Steve Lombardozzi. Roark then issued a walk to Satin and struck out Lucas Duda to finish off the inning.

Pinch-hitter Anthony Rendon was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the sixth. Denard Span singled to advance Rendon to third base and Ryan Zimmerman went down on strikes. Harper walked to load the bases and Werth hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Rendon. Desmond followed with a single that scored Span and cut the Mets’ lead to 8-2. Wheeler then retired Adam LaRoche on a line drive to center fielder den Dekker to close out the inning.

Nats’ reliever Fernando Abad surrendered just a walk to den Dekker in the top of the seventh. Wheeler and the Mets’ Pedro Feliciano combined for a scoreless bottom half and Young got a one-out single against Washington’s Ryan Mattheus in the top of the eighth. Murphy doubled to score Young and went to third on Satin’s single to right field. Duda flied out to Harper and a walk to d’Arnaud loaded the bases. Lagares hit a single to bring home Murphy and Satin, extending the New York lead to 11-2. Mattheus then got den Dekker on a fly ball to Werth for the inning’s third out.

Harper hit a leadoff double against Mets’ reliever David Aardsma in the bottom of the eighth. On his own hit, Harper was out via second baseman Murphy’s relay throw to third baseman Satin. Werth grounded out to Satin and a double by Desmond ensued. Aardsma retired LaRoche on a ground ball to Murphy that ended the inning and Quintanilla singled off the Nationals’ Drew Storen to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Justin Turner followed with a double play grounder to Desmond. Storen then retired Young on a pop-up to Desmond to finish off the inning.

Jhonatan Solano singled against Mets’ reliever Scott Atchison to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Lombardozzi hit a single and Rendon hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Quintanilla. Span followed with a force play grounder to Satin that plated Solano with the third Washington run. Pinch-hitter Chad Tracy hit a single to right field. Atchison then retired Harper on a foul fly ball to left fielder Young for the game’s final out. The Mets had an easy victory.