Posted by Craig Mitchell at 9:27 PM
Saturday in Flushing in game 2 of a day/night double header, Max Scherzer threw his 2nd no-hitter on the season, and for the Mets it was the2nd time they were no-hit at Citi field this season. The Nationals beat the Mets 2-0 as the Mets lost their 5th straight game. It was Scherzer vs Harvey. The game was scoreless until the top of the 6th inning. Michael Taylor reached first on an error by Kelly Johnson at first. Clint Robinson singled to make it 1st and 3rd with 1 out. Wilson Ramos then hit a sac-fly to score Taylor to make it 1-0. That run was unearned. While Scherzer was tossing zeroes, Matt Harvey did his part going 6 innings allowing just 4 hits the 1 run (unearned) striking out 11. In the top of the 7th Hansel Robles came in and yielded a solo homer to Dan Uggla. For Uggla his 2nd on the year and the Nats had a 2-0 lead. Scherzer was amazing going 9 striking out a career high 17 batters including 9 in a row. Scherzer becomes the first pitcher since Nolan Ryan in 1973 to throw 2 No-Hitters in the regular season. The Mets were no-hit previously by the Giants Chris Heston on June 9th. Scherzer retired the first 15 batters until an error by Yunel Escobar in the top of the 6th inning allowed Kevin Plawecki to reach. Harvey takes the hard luck loss and falls to 13-8. Between Harvey, Robles, Goeddel and Carlos Torres the Mets struck out 18 Nationals. Scherzer becomes 1 of 5 major leaguer to even throw 2 no-hitters in the same season. With the win Scherzer improves to 14-12 on the season. With the loss the Mets have lost 5 straight and now stand at 89-72 with 1 game remaining. Their home record is 48-32. The Dodgers are yet to play, they lead the Mets by 1 ½ games for the home field advantage in the NLDS. Sunday afternoon is the final game of the regular season. Jacob deGrom (14-8 2.60) goes for the Mets, Tanner Roark (4-7 4.63) goes for Washington.