The Mets bounced back from two consecutive losses with an 11-6 win over the Nationals on Wednesday night. The win brings the Mets’ record up to 8-11 on the season. Here’s how the Mets earned their victory.
Offense attacks early and often
The Mets fell behind early after Juan Soto hit a titanic three-run homer in the top of the first. However, Brandon Nimmo led off the bottom half of that inning with a home run, which set the tone for the Mets’ offense.
They attacked Aníbal Sánchez for five runs in 2.2 innings. After the Nationals drew closer, the Mets put up a five-spot in the bottom of the sixth, capped off by back-to-back homers from Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith. Additionally, Alonso, Nimmo, Smith, and Michael Conforto all contributed multi-hit efforts, with Alonso and Smith driving in three runs each. While the Mets have struggled with runners in scoring position this year, they went 5-for-13 (.385) in those situations on the night.
Familia and Betances shine
The Mets went with a bullpen game and ended up using seven different pitchers. However, Jeurys Familia and Dellin Betances were the most impressive on the mound. Familia pitched two shutout innings and only allowed one hit and one walk while striking out four. Additionally, Betances struck out the side in his lone inning of work. On a night where the bullpen needed to step up, they came through huge.
This series will conclude on Thursday afternoon. David Peterson will take the mound for the Mets against Austin Voth. Peterson picked up the win in his last outing, giving up two runs, four hits, and three walks while striking out three in five-plus innings. Voth pitched five shutout innings in his last start, and only allowed two hits and one walk while striking out five. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 P.M. EST.
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