The Mets picked up a series split in D.C. by taking Wednesday night’s game by the score of 3-1. The victory was just their second in their last eight games. Here’s how the Mets emerged as winners.
Rick Porcello earned his first win as a Met, pitching seven innings and only allowing five hits and one run while walking none and striking out four. Additionally, the win was Porcello’s 150th for his career. Seth Lugo bounced back from a rough couple of outings by nailing down the six-out save, his second of the year. Additionally, Porcello and Lugo combined to retire the last 16 batters they faced. This was a huge step forward for both pitchers, and they will look to keep it going in their next outings.
Defense is the key to victory
The Mets’ defense was fantastic on Wednesday, playing a huge role in the victory. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Michael Conforto threw out Juan Soto, trying to advance to third base on a single. No one on the Nationals reached base in the game after this play. Later in the inning, the usual suspect, J.D. Davis, made an outstanding diving stop and threw from his knees to rob Eric Thames of a hit. While Davis has a dreadful negative-10 DRS at third base for his career, he’s trying to make strides at the hot corner.
The Mets get a day off on Thursday before they open a three-game set in Queens against the Marlins. The Mets are still trying to find a groove, as they sit at 5-8 on the season.
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