Reporting Byron Kerr
The Nationals’ Mr. “Walk-Off” has done it again. Question is, does somebody need to tell the New York Mets who he is?
Ssshhhhh. Let’s keep it our little secret.
Washington’s own Ryan Zimmerman got enough of his broken bat to bloop a single off of Mets reliever Bobby Parnell into right field in front of a diving Lucas Duda, scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth, erasing a Mets advantage and sending the Nationals to an 8-7 come from behind win before 34,821 at Nationals Park.
“I was pretty lucky,” Zimmerman said. “Parnell has got really good stuff. I was just trying to put the barrel on the ball and just get one in. At least hit a sac fly and hit something to the outfield in the air.”
But in the middle of the game it looked like the Mets were going to have the come back story.
Down 5-0 and 6-4, New York rallied behind home runs by Nick Evans and Jason Bay.
It certainly started off well for Washington, as they built a big early advantage on Dillon Gee.
The Nationals led off their half of the first with a home run curving just around the inside of the left field foul pole by Ian Desmond, and the Nationals led, 1-0.
In the second, the Nationals got an RBI double by Jesus Flores and then an amazing three-run homer into the right field bullpen by Tommy Milone, making his major league debut, in his first major league at-bat on the first pitch. The Nationals led 5-0 after three innings.
But in the fourth, the Mets started to come back. Seeing Milone for the second time, David Wright dropped an RBI double in down the left field line and Pagan added an RBI single to make it 5-2, Nationals. Them, one batter later, Nick Evans made it interesting with a two-run homer to left field and suddenly it was 5-4, Nats.
Milone managed to get out of the inning, but after one out and one hit in the fifth, his night was done. He finished 4 1/3 innings, scattering six hits, four runs, all earned, no walks and two strikeouts, on 74 pitches, 51 for strikes.
Roger Bernadina provided some insurance with a solo shot in the fifth to help the Nats regain two-run advantage at 6-4.
However, Nationals reliever Tom Gorzelanny allowed a two-run shot to Jason Bay and the game was tied, 6-6 in the sixth. Then, a Lucas Duda sacrifice fly in the seventh plated the go ahead run and the Mets led 7-6.
That lead stood until the Nationals’ dramatics in the ninth.