Tuesday night’s game was an anticipated match-up between Matt Harvey and the number one prospect in Major League Baseball, righty Lucas Giolito. Although inclement weather cut both fire-ballers’ nights short, it was an overall success for Giolito and the Nationals.
Third baseman Anthony Rendon, who has gone 5-11 over the last three games, began the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. One run crossed the plate after Rendon laced a line drive to right-center field.
After a rain delay, outfielder Bryce Harper, who has been clawing his way out of a slump, launched a towering shot into the home bullpen. The homerun scored fellow outfielder Jayson Werth and come off former teammate Jerry Blevins who came in for relief of Harvey after the rain delay. The score was 3-0.
The final runs of the night came off a double by catcher Wilson Ramos. The line drive scored former Met Daniel Murphy. The Nationals would go on to win by a score of 5-0.
The outing was interrupted by rain, but Giolito looked impressive in his shortened debut. The tall, well-built righty went four full innings and gave up one hit and also striking out one batter. In the remaining five innings of relief, Yusmeiro Petit, Sammy Solis, and Shawn Kelley, and game-winner Oliver Perez combined for only four hits and three strikeouts. The Nationals all around looked efficient and impressive against a talented team, despite the Mets not necessarily playing up to their potential.
Lucas Giolito fires a pitch to a Mets batter in the third inning. He gave up just one hit in four strong innings before a rain delay. Patrick McDermott/Getty Images