Posted by Craig Mitchell at 3:57 PM
Saturday Afternoon at Citi Field in Game 1 of a day/night doubleheader Bryce Harper smoked a long 2 run homer into the Pepsi porch in the top of the 8th inning. The Nationals beat the Mets 3-1. The Met offense continued to slumber in this one as the Mets dropped their 4th straight game. The game was a scoreless pitching duel between Gio Gonzalez and Noah Syndergaard. The game was scoreless into the top of the 7th when Syndergaard gave up a solo homer to Clint Robinson, his 10th on the year for a 1-0 Nat lead. In the bottom of the 7th the Mets came right back to tie it. Lucas Duda walked. Ruben Tejada singled. Curtis Granderson pinch hit for Syndergaard and hit into a force play to make it 1st and 3rd. Juan Lagares then singled to tie the game at 1. In the 8th, Addison Reed came in. With one out he walked Anthony Rendon. Yunel Escobar then hit a perfect double play ball to Daniel Murphy who bobbled the flip and the Mets could only manage a fielder’s choice rather than an inning ending DP. It hurt them as the next batter was Harper who launched his 42nd homer way up into the upper deck of the Pepsi porch to give the lead to the Nats. Syndergaard gets the no-decision but was brilliant once again. Going 7 innings allowing just 2 hits, the 1 run (earned) walking 1 and striking out 10. For Thor his 5th time this year he has struck out at least 10 batters in a start. Gonzalez pitched 6 scoreless allowing just 3 hits. Rafael Martin gets the win in relief improving to 2-0. Felipe Rivero notched his 2nd save. Reed takes the loss for the Mets he falls to 1-1 as a Met and 3-3 overall. With the loss the Mets fall to 89-71 on the year. They are 48-31 at Citi Field. Currently they are 1 game behind the Dodgers for home field advantage in the NLDS, but the Dodgers are yet to play today and the Met s have a second game tonight. Speaking of which…Game two starts at 7:10 pm est. Matt Harvey (13-7 2.80) goes for the Mets, Max Scherzer (13-12 2.91) goes for the Nationals.