New York Mets right handed pitcher Jenrry Mejia blanked the Washington Nationals for 7 innings, striking out 7 batters and earned a win on Friday in his 2013 debut.
He was very impressive, throwing 93-94 mph consistently and mixing in his slider and change up. He didn’t walk a batter, but got to 3 balls on just 2 of the 27 batters he faced in Friday’s win. Manager Terry Collins indicated that the Mets could go to a 6 man rotation to make room for him.
Daniel Murphy connected with 2 home runs in back to back at bats, finishing 4-5 with 5 RBI’s. His only out came on a liner to left center, which was an 8 pitch at bat. The 5 RBI’s for Murphy is a career high as he scored 3 times. He busted out of his 6 week slump, as he is hitting .452 in 8 games since the All-Star break.
For the Washington Nationals, their walk off hero against the Pittsburgh Pirates the other day, Bryce Harper made an early exit from the first game of today;s double header. He was removed for a pinch runner after he singled in the bottom of the 8th. Harper fell while trying to make a catch and may have aggravated his left knee.
It’s unclear if Harper will be able to go for the 2nd game of today’s double header.