The weather was ugly in New York last night, but the Nationals offense looked even worse.

It rained the majority of the night in the Nationals first of a two-game series against the New York Mets, as Jon Niese stifled the Nationals bats all game long on his way to a 3-0 victory for the Mets.

Niese pitched seven scoreless innings, and only threw 40 balls in 112 pitches, while striking out seven.  Mike Morse was the only National with more than one hit, finishing 2-for-4 as the Nats struggled to put hits together.

Tom Gorzelanny was effective in his 5 2 /3 innings, giving up three runs and striking out seven, but had control issues and walked five Mets.

The announced crowd of 24,527 was in fact much less and most of the fans that did show headed for cover during the quick, but heavy storms.

In the 7th inning the rain was coming so hard that the field was filling up with puddles, but the umps were determined to play through as they had come that far already.

The Nationals have the lowest batting average (.225) and the smallest on-base percentage (.298) in the National League as now as they are now tied with the Mets for last place in the NL East at 20-22.

-Matt Cahill


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