GB&U GAME 147: Nats Hand Mets Sixth Straight Loss, 6-5

Posted by Dave Nichols | Saturday, September 19, 2009 | , , , | 0 comments »

"I think if you're going to be a No. 3 hitter, a middle-of-the-lineup hitter, then that's what you're supposed to do." --Ryan Zimmerman, on hitting his 30th home run, Sept. 18, 2009.

THE RESULT:  Ryan Zimmerman hit his 30th home run of the season, and Mike MacDougal held on -- barely -- to secure a 6-5 win for the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets, before 38,063.

The Nats broke a three-game losing streak and are 51-96 for the year.

Rookie J. D. Martin went five and one-third innings, giving up just two earned runs on seven hits and two walks to get the win.  He is the Nats only starting pitcher with a winning record, at 5-4.

Josh Bard drove in three runs from his eighth spot in the lineup.

THE TAKEAWAY:  Even the Nats beat the Mets these days.  That's six losses in a row and 10 out of 11.  How can Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya keep their jobs?

THE GOOD:  Zimmerman.  It's nice to hit a milestone, and it's a big one for Zim.  If he can learn to be a little more consistant, he'll be a perennial all-star.

THE BAD:  Adam Dunn.  He went 0-for-4 and is slumping badly.  He needs just three home runs for his milestone number of 40.

THE UGLY:  MacDougal.  He eventually got the job done, but he gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks in a inning and a third.

NEXT GAME:  Saturday at 1:10 pm.  John Lannan (9-11, 4.08) faces old golfing buddy Tim Redding (2-6, 5.52) on what is supposed to be a gloriously sunny, cool fall afternoon in Queens.