July 4, 2010: Mets Beat Nationals With 14 Hits

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Date: July 4, 2010
Mets starter: Hisanori Takahashi
Mets: 9
Nationals: 5
Winning pitcher: Hisanori Takahashi
Key player(s): Jason Bay, Ike Davis, Angel Pagan
Key play: Bay’s triple and single, Davis’s home run, Pagan’s RBI double

The Mets and Nationals faced each other on a Sunday afternoon. The teams had a holiday encounter to conclude a four-game series in the nation’s capital. The Mets pounded out fourteen hits in a 9-5 win over Washington.

In the top of the first inning, Alex Cora got a one-out single against Nationals’ starter Craig Stammen. David Wright went down on strikes and Ike Davis drew a walk. An ensuing triple by Jason Bay brought home Cora and Davis for a 2-0 Mets lead. Stammen retired Jeff Francoeur on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Alberto Gonzalez. Mets’ starter Hisanori Takahashi then set down the Nats in order in the bottom half.

Ruben Tejada drew a walk with one out in the top of the second. Takahashi’s sacrifice bunt advanced Tejada to second base and Ruben scored on a single by Angel Pagan. Stammen’s errant pickoff throw moved Pagan to second and Cora grounded out to first baseman Adam Dunn to end the inning. Takahashi hurled a scoreless bottom half and Wright opened the top of the third with a single to center field. David stole second and Davis followed with a two-run homer. Stammen retired the next two Mets hitters and gave up a double to Rod Barajas. Tejada was given an intentional walk and Takahashi grounded back to Stammen to close out the inning. The Nationals had runners at first and second with one out in the bottom half. Takahashi then fanned Cristian Guzman and Ryan Zimmerman for the inning’s final outs.

Pagan doubled to lead off the top of the fourth. Cora lined out to Dunn and a single by Wright sent Pagan to third base. Wright stole second and Washington reliever Miguel Batista struck out Davis. Bay hit a single to drive home Pagan and Wright. Francoeur doubled to score Bay for an 8-0 Mets lead. Barajas was walked intentionally and Tejada was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Batista struck out Takahashi to end the inning. Hisanori then fanned all three Nationals batters in the bottom half.

After a scoreless fifth inning, Batista retired the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Takahashi issued a walk to Nyger Morgan to begin the bottom half. Guzman singled to right field and Zimmerman homered for the Nats’ first three runs of the game. Dunn hit a single and Elmer Dessens came in to pitch for the Mets. Josh Willingham greeted Dessens with an infield single and Mike Morse was hit a by a pitch that loaded the bases. Dessens then struck out pinch-hitter Adam Kennedy and got Wil Nieves to hit a ground ball to shortstop Tejada for an inning-ending double play.

Barajas singled to open the top of the seventh. Tejada was struck out and pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis hit a single against Nationals’ reliever Sean Burnett on which Barajas went to third base. Pagan doubled to score Barajas with the Mets’ ninth run. Burnett fanned Cora for the second out and Washington’s Tyler Clippard struck out Wright to end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Morgan was hit by a pitch thrown by Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano. Guzman hit a single and Zimmerman singled to drive home Morgan. Feliciano threw a called third strike past Dunn and a wild pitch by the Mets’ Ryota Igarashi moved Zimmerman to second. Igarashi then fanned Willingham for the third out of the inning.

Clippard retired the Mets in order in the top of the eighth. Kennedy hit a one-out triple in the bottom half. Nieves singled to plate Kennedy with the Nats’ fifth run and Willie Harris flied out to right fielder Francoeur. Igarashi got Morgan to line out to second baseman Cora and end the inning. With two outs in the top of the ninth, pinch-hitter Jesus Feliciano doubled against Washington reliever Joel Peralta for the Mets’ fourteenth hit. Pagan was given an intentional walk. Peralta then retired Cora on a fly ball to right fielder Harris to close out the inning.

Guzman and Zimmerman got back-to-back singles against the Mets’ Bobby Parnell to start the bottom of the ninth. Francisco Rodriguez came in to pitch for New York and got Dunn to hit a force play grounder to Cora. Willingham took a called third strike and Dunn went to second base on defensive indifference. Rodriguez then struck out pinch-hitter Roger Bernadina to end the game. The Mets had a holiday victory to finish off the series in Washington.

Notes

  • Tatis’s single came in the final at bat of his eleven-season major league career.