Bartolo Colon came out on top of a pitchers’ duel and the Mets top the Nationals 3-1 on Opening Day.
For five and two-thirds innings, it appeared as though Max Scherzer was going to start his Washington Nationals career in a big way, with a no-hitter. Unfortunately a two-out walk, followed by a dropped pop-up, knocked the wheels off and Scherzer had to settle for a 3-0 loss against the New York Mets on Opening Day.
Two errors from Ian Desmond paved the way for all three Mets runs. With two outs in the 6th, Desmond called off Dan Uggla on a routine pop-up behind second base, dropping the ball. Lucas Duda delivered a two-run singles into the gap two pitches later. The Mets added an insurance run in the 7th after a throwing error from Desmond, this time with Travis d’Arnaud taking one to the wall in center field. Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor nearly came up with the drive, but crashed into the wall instead.
In a game where offense was at a premium, the Nationals took a 1-0 lead on a Bryce Harper home run. However, the Washington offense was only able to get one more hit (a Harper single) off of Bartolo Colon and the Mets pitching staff from that point forward, and the Nats couldn’t recover from their own mistakes.
Of course, the Mets pitching staff raised some eyebrows when Jenrry Mejia did not get the ball in the 9th inning. Instead, Terry Collins used a combination of Jerry Blevins and Buddy Carlyle to slam the door shut on the Nats. Could there be a closer controversy already in New York or just some smart platoon pitching in effect?
- Bryce Harper got the Nationals on the board with his first home run of 2015. Prior to that bomb, he was just 1 for 11 against Mets starter Bartolo Colon with 5 strike-outs. (h/t Jayson Stark)
- After walking Curtis Granderson to lead off the game, Nationals starter Max Scherzer retired the next 17 batters. How did the streak break, another walk to Granderson. Unfortunately, that led to a defensive breakdown when Ian Desmond called off Dan Uggla on a pop-up and dropped it. Lucas Duda dropped in a two-run single into the game two pitches later.
- Desmond would have another miscue in the top of the 7th, when he threw one in the dirt on a Juan Lagares grounder. Travis d’Arnaud would hit an RBI triple as the next batter. All three runs against Scherzer were unearned, with the Nats ace giving up 4 hits, 2 walks, and 8 strike-outs over 7.2 innings of work.
- For all the misfortunes that Scherzer’s Nats put him in, Bartolo Colon did everything in his power to stay out of trouble. The Mets starter was brilliant, tossing six innings of 3-hit ball, striking out 8 and walking 1 on the afternoon.
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