The Washington Nationals improved their record to 41-40 on Sunday by absolutely hammering the New York Mets at Citi Field. Pitcher Gio Gonzalez won the game for the Nationals, while Zack Wheeler recorded the loss for the Mets.
As evidenced by the finals core, the Nationals dominated every aspect of the game, finishing with 13 hits (the Mets had a paltry 5). In what was a clutch and back-breaking (for the unlucky Mets) team performance, 2-out RBIs were recorded by multiple Nationals players: lead-off man Denard Span, right fielder Jayson Werth, left fielder Roger Bernadina, catcher Kurt Suzuki (who drove in two such runs), second baseman Anthony Rendon (who also drove in two runs), and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. The Nationals also recorded 4 home runs as a team and only left 5 runners on base.
The Mets used a bevy of pitchers to combat the offensive onslaught, but nobody proved effective. Two different pitchers didn’t even make it further than two-thirds of an inning and three others were pulled after a single inning apiece. The only bright spot for the Mets was catcher John Buck, who hit his 13th homer and drove in his 39th run of the season in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Nationals are currently in second place in the NL East, while the struggling Mets are fourth in the same division.