September 8, 2015: Nieuwenhuis's Homer Caps Comeback
|Date: September 8, 2015|
|Mets starter: Matt Harvey|
|Winning pitcher: Addison Reed|
|Key player(s): Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Kirk Nieuwenhuis|
|Key play: Flores's single, Cespedes's double, Nieuwenhuis's home run|
The Mets faced the Nationals on a Tuesday night in Washington. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a home run in the eighth inning to give the Mets an 8-7 come-from-behind win over the Nats.
Nationals' starter Jordan Zimmermann retired the side in order in the top of the first. Anthony Rendon got a one-out single against the Mets' Matt Harvey in the bottom half. Bryce Harper popped out to third baseman David Wright and a single by Yunel Escobar ensued. Clint Robinson hit a single to drive home Rendon. Ian Desmond followed with a single to score Escobar for a 2-0 Washington lead. Harvey then threw a called third strike past Wilson Ramos to close out the inning.
Wright homered to lead off the top of the second. Zimmermann set down the next three Mets batters to end the inning Michael Taylor drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Taylor moved to second base on Zimmermann's sacrifice bunt and Jayson Werth went down on strikes. Rendon singled to bring home Taylor with the Nats' third run. On his own hit, Rendon was out via a throw by left fielder Michael Conforto to second baseman Daniel Murphy to finish off the inning.
Harvey and Zimmermann each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Curtis Granderson tripled against Zimmermann with one out in the top of the sixth. Yoenis Cespedes was struck out and Washington reliever Matt Thornton retired Murphy on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Taylor. Escobar hit a single against Harvey to open the bottom half. Robinson drew a walk and Desmond reached on a fielder's choice bunt to load the bases. Taylor singled to drive home Escobar. On the hit, center fielder Cespedes made an error that allowed Robinson, Desmond and Taylor to come home for a 7-1 Nationals lead. Mets' reliever Erik Goeddel threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Trea Turner and a double by Werth followed. Goeddel then fanned Rendon for the inning's final out.
Wright got a single against Nats' reliever Blake Treinen to open the top of the seventh. Lucas Duda flied out to left fielder Werth and a pop-up by Travis d'Arnaud was caught by shortstop Desmond. Conforto drew a walk and moved to third base on Wilmer Flores's single that brought home Wright. Juan Uribe walked against Washington's Felipe Rivero to load the bases. Granderson followed with a walk to force home Conforto and cut the Nationals' lead to 7-3. Cespedes hit a double against the Nats' Drew Storen to plate Flores, Uribe and Granderson. Murphy and Wright drew consecutive walks that reloaded the bases and a walk to Duda brought home Cespedes, tying the game at 7-7. Storen got d'Arnaud to line out to right fielder Harper and end the inning. Mets' reliever Addison Reed then gave up just a single to Escobar in the bottom half.
Pinch-hitter Nieuwenhuis came up to bat again Washington reliever Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the top of the eighth. Kirk connected for a homer to put the Mets ahead by a run. Granderson grounded out to second baseman Rendon to end the inning and New York's Tyler Clippard hurled a perfect bottom half. Papelbon set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth and Werth singled against the Mets' Jeurys Familia to lead off the bottom of the inning. Rendon followed with a bunt on which first baseman Duda threw to shortstop Ruben Tejada for an out at second base on Werth. Harper drew a walk and Familia got Escobar to hit a ground ball to Wright for a game-ending double play. The Mets had an amazing comeback victory.