September 9, 2015: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Nats
|Date: September 9, 2015|
|Mets starter: Jacob deGrom|
|Winning pitcher: Jacob deGrom|
|Key player(s): Kelly Johnson, Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto|
|Key play: Johnson's and Cespedes's home runs, Conforto's single|
The Mets faced the Nationals on a Wednesday night in Washington. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 5-3 win.
Nats' starter Stephen Strasburg pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Bryce Harper slugged a solo home run against the Mets' Jacob deGrom. Anthony Rendon drew a walk and Clint Robinson was struck out to end the inning. Travis d'Arnaud homered with one out in the top of the second to tie the game at 1-1. Michael Conforto lined out to left fielder Matt den Dekker and a pop-up by Wilmer Flores was caught by shortstop Ian Desmond for the inning's third out. DeGrom then retired the side in order in the bottom half.
Strasburg fanned all three Mets batters in the top of the third. DeGrom hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Strasburg recorded two more strikeouts in a perfect top of the fifth. A double by Harper opened the bottom of the inning. Harper advanced to third base on Rendon's ground out to second baseman Daniel Murphy and scored on Robinson's single for a 2-1 Washington lead. Desmond hit a single on which Robinson was out via a throw by right fielder Curtis Granderson to third baseman David Wright. DeGrom then got Wilson Ramos on a line drive to center fielder Yoenis Cespedes to finish off the inning.
Strasburg and deGrom combined for twelve strikeouts in pitching scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the seventh. Leading off the top of the eighth, pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson hit a home run against Strasburg to tie the game. Pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis took a called third strike and Granderson singled. Against Nationals' reliever Drew Storen, Cespedes connected for a two-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 4-2. Storen retired Murphy and Wright on infield ground balls to close out the inning and Harper hit a solo homer against New York's Tyler Clippard with two outs in the bottom half. Rendon got a bunt single and Clippard got Robinson on a line drive to left fielder Conforto for the inning's final out.
Lucas Duda doubled against Nats' reliever Jonathan Papelbon to begin the top of the ninth. D'Arnaud grounded out to second baseman Danny Espinosa to send Duda to third base. Conforto hit a single to bring home pinch-runner Eric Young with the Mets' fifth run. Papelbon got Johnson on a grounder to third baseman Rendon for a double play that ended the inning. The Mets' Jeurys Familia fanned both Desmond and Ramos to start the bottom half. Familia then retired den Dekker on a fly ball to left fielder Cespedes (who had shifted from center) for the last out of the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the series.