Flushing, NY—The 4-3 victory of the Mets over the Washington Nationals on Friday night at Citi Field ended Washington’s 12 game winning streak at the home field of the Mets. The Nationals have not lost in that ballpark since June 29 of 2013. The 12 game home losing streak to one club is the longest suffered by the Mets in Queens since moving to Shea Stadium in 1964. Mets skipper Terry Collins explained that lengthy debacle in the following words, “We played them good, but they’re really tough.”
The Mets have made a concerted effort to move forward and end the 2014 season in a respectable manner. They have won 8 of their last 10 games in an effort to reach the .500 mark and finish in third place in the National League East Division.
Both goals are certainly achievable. If the Mets can finish the season by winning 9 of their remaining 14 contest, they will complete the year at 81-81. The Mets victory and the Miami loss on Friday tie the teams as both trail the Nationals by 12 games in the N. L. East. The Mets now lead the Marlins by percentage points as they have played two more games than the Marlins. Three crucial games between the two clubs remain as the Marlins travel to Citi Field for games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Eric Young, Jr., one of the stars of Friday’s game, spoke positively of the remaining days of the season, “There’s a couple of weeks left and I think we’re going to have a lot of fun.”
The Mets jumped off to a three run lead in the first frame. Eric Young, Jr. led-off with a single. Juan Lagares was hit by a pitch and Lucas Duda walked to load the bases. With one out, the bases were cleared on a double by Travis d’Arnaud.
The final and winning Mets run was scored in the fifth. Young again led off the frame with a single. He was plated on a double by the next batter, Lagares.
Young, starting in left field, batted 2 for 4 and scored two important runs. In three consecutive starts, he has batted .636 (7 for 11). In Young’s 60 starts this season, the Mets record is 34-26, and they have won 8 of 11 since the All-Star break.
Collins spoke of Young’s efforts as of late, “It’s been a tough year for him. Now he’s getting a chance to play and he’s making the most of it.”
Dillon Gee, the starter for the Mets, earned the win after giving up three runs in 5.1 innings. Interestingly, Gee was the winning pitcher in the Mets last win over the Nationals in Citi Field 14 months ago.
He told reporters, “My main purpose is to keep us in the game.” He then explained his faith in those in the Met bullpen.
The three relievers who followed gee into the game, Carlos Torres, Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia collectively blanked Washington for 3.2 innings. Familia got his 20th hold and Mejia got his 26th save in 29 opportunities.
The two 24 year-olds, born one day apart in the Dominican Republic, were fulsomely praised by Collins, “It’s been fun to see them grow, They’re a great combination to have.”