NL East Pennant Race: Game 2 Recap

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In a situation where the biggest story of the night should be the importance of these games towards the NL East pennant race, it wasn’t. All eyes were going to be looking right down at Matt Harvey similar to how the last week or so has been. With all the drama, discussions, and debates about Matt Harvey and his pitching limits, this was arguably the biggest start of his career in the biggest series of the season up to this point. Im about as sick of hearing about that, as i am deflategate and the Patriots in the NFL. Also welcome back to the lineup Lucas Duda tonight, his first game since in over 2 weeks. So with that being said here is the official game recap.

First things first, do you think the Nats fans may be pissed at Bryce Harper? Biggest series of the season up to this point as both teams battle for the postseason….and this was the turnout…Bryce criticized fans for leaving the game early yesterday, do you think he’ll have anything to say about them not showing up at all?


Harvey got off to an ugly start, Giving up 4 hits and 2 runs in only the first inning. So down to an early 2-0 lead after the first, someone on the Mets offense was going to have to step up. Guess who? Oh captain, my captain. David Wright drilled home a solo dinger at the top of the 2nd to cut the lead back down to 2-1. The bottom of the 2nd would see Anthony Rendon single on a ground ball while Michael Taylor would score bringing the Nationals lead back to 2.

A break from the action to see how that freak of nature Yoenis Cespedes is doing.

Im no scientist, but that’s not how a normal person breaks their bat.

Fast forward to the top of the 6th inning. Curtis Granderson lined a shot that would lead to him getting a one out triple, but the Mets would fail to get him in. Jordan Zimmerman and Yoenis Cespedes would have a good battle during that sequence, but it would be Zimmerman who would get the better of Yo with the strikeout. That would be the last pitch Zimmerman would throw this night as well.

The bottom of the 6th inning would turn ugly fast for Matt Harvey as the bases would get loaded with no outs in a hurry. Two walks, and poor decision making on a bunt would lead to this. Harvey would follow that up with a monster of a strikeout, but just right after that Michael Taylor would hit an inside the park home run after a line drive blows past Yoenis Cesedes. A hit that would’ve just been a single and one run driven in turned into an inside the park grand slam.

That would end Matt Harvey’s night at 5.1 IP, 7 R, 8 H. If you’re Scott Boras and you’re counting, that would bring his total for the year up to 171.2 IP. In a game where all eyes were on Matt Harvey, he folded in the worst way. Even though that inside the park wasn’t necessarily his fault, he still didn’t pitch the way he was expected before that. These next few days regarding Harvey should be interesting, but that doesn’t mean I’m looking forward to hearing about it.

Wilmer Flores would drive in a run on a base hit to center, and David Wright would score to bring the score to 7-2 in the top of the 7th. Juan Uribe would come in to pinch hit, and would be walked to load the bases. Enter Curtis Granderson who would also force a walk with the bases loaded, and Michael Conforto would come in to score.


Cespedes would come up to clear the bases with a 3 run double to bring the score to 7-6 still in favor of the Nationals. What can’t Yoenis Cespedes do? PAY THAT MAN HIS MONEY. NOW. GIVE HIM ALL THE FUN COUPONS HE WANTS!


David Wright up next, you guessed it. Walk. Bases loaded once again. Lucas Duda comes to the plate. Take a wild guess. Walk. The Mets would tie the game 7-7 at the top of the 7th inning despite being down 7-1. That’s how the inning would end. Matt Storen was sacrificed to the buzzards by Matt Williams after being forced to blow that whole inning. The Nats bullpen has haunted them all season, and tonight was no different. New ballgame.

Addison Reed would come in to the game for the Mets and would come up with a monster inning. Just came through with a big dick strikeout against Ian Desmond with 2 outs and a guy on first.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Kirk fucking Nieuwenhuis. Captain fucking Kirk. Who would have thought. WHO?!?! Kirk would come in to the game in the top of the 8th inning with 2 outs, and would send a ball to Mars. Pitch hit homer. This team is something else. Would love to have seen the astronaut who caught that ball, hopefully he’s not a Nats fan because he would have a hell of a time throwing it back. 8-7 Mets. Kirk Nieuwenhuis once hit 3 home runs in a game, he once was dropped by the Mets, he was traded back to the mets for cash, and tonight he hit the biggest home run of the season. Thats baseball Suzyn.

The call by Gary Cohen was A+++++++++

After a dominant 8th from Tyler Clippard, Juerys Familia would come in to the game. After giving up a lead off single. Anthony Rendon would come in to the game attempting to bunt. The count would get to 3-1 and Rendon would still try to bunt. Just a bananaland call from Matt Williams. Duda would make the great play to get the out at 2nd. Bryce Harper up next would get walked. Guy on 1st and 2nd, and the game would end on a double play ball.




Have to talk about Bryce Harper. I just have to. For a guy who is probably going to win the MVP this year, he honestly can’t play against the Mets. The Mets own approximately 75% of the real estate in Bryce Harper’s brain right now. Still has yet to register a hit against Matt Harvey, and is now 0-4 in back to back games in the biggest series of the season. Stats don’t lie Bryce.




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