This was a pitching showcase with both Joey Lucchesi and Erick Fedde pitching well above expectations in this contest. While this game could’ve easily been a high scoring affair, both pitchers were pretty damn sharp.
In the bottom half of the third, pitcher Erick Fedde dribbled one right in front of the plate, however Nido would throw the ball in to centerfield allowing Victor Robles to advance to third. After Lucchesi would load the bases, Trea Turner would hit a sharp ground ball to Villar, turning the 5-5-3 double play to end the Nationals rally.
Lucchesi pitched 5.1 scoreless innings while giving up four hits and two walks. The left-hander also struck out five batters while lowering his ERA to 4.46 on the year.
Miguel Castro came in and did a masterful job out of the bullpen as he recorded five outs on just 15 pitches. While the right-hander only struck out one, did induce a inning ending double play as well as lowering his ERA to 2.89 on the campaign.
The Mets offense just hasn’t shown up in the past two games, while the pitching has stepped up.
The loss came as Edwin Diaz entered the game in the ninth inning and was unable to record an out. Diaz would get the loss and raise his ERA to 3.00 after the disastrous outing.
The Mets will play a doubleheader tomorrow with David Peterson on the hill of the first game, and potentially Jared Eickhoff in the second.
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