After a brutal road trip that saw the Mets relinquish their National League East division lead, New York kicked off its six-game homestand with a resilient, much-needed win against the Nationals by a score of 8-7, at Citi Field.
Following a treacherous rain storm that suspended action on Tuesday night, the Mets entered Wednesday’s continuation trailing 3-1 in the second inning and overcame multiple three-run deficits en route to a satisfying victory. In such a unique situation, especially in the midst of an offensive slump, it would have been easy to turn the page to Game 2 of this atypical doubleheader. Instead, the Mets continued to fight and pulled out a gutsy win in front of their home crowd.
Game 2 ended up being postponed due to rain, and the Mets will try to build off Wednesday’s win in a doubleheader against Washington on Thursday.
“This game shows who we are,” said Mets manager Luis Rojas.
De facto starter Rich Hill, who took over for Tuesday’s starter, Carlos Carrasco, when the game resumed on Wednesday in the second inning, uttered a similar message: “We have the team to do it and we all believe we can get the job done.”
Trailing 7-6 entering the bottom of the eighth, J.D. Davis led off with a double, and then came around to score on a throwing error by Nationals reliever Mason Thompson after fielding a Jonathan Villar sacrifice bunt. This error allowed the speedy Villar to advance into scoring position, and he moved to third on a groundout by James McCann. That set the stage for pinch-hitter Brandon Drury to again play the role of hero in Flushing.
Drury proceeded to loop a single over a drawn-in Nats infield to give the Mets their first lead in a span of 43 innings. Drury, who has become New York’s most reliable bench bat, is now hitting .476 (10-for-21) with 10 RBIs as a pinch-hitter this season. Edwin Díaz closed out the win for the Mets with a flawless, eight-pitch ninth inning including a strikeout of the red-hot Juan Soto to open the frame.
Pete Alonso tied a season high with three hits, including two doubles. His seventh-inning double just missed clearing the fence and drove home Brandon Nimmo to cut the Nationals' lead to 7-6.
Prior to returning home to Citi Field, the Mets had dropped nine of their last 11 games. This nightmare stretch included losing three of four to the last-place Marlins prior to getting swept by Philadelphia, which allowed the Phillies to overtake them in the NL East. In fact, the Mets somehow found themselves in third place in the division entering their latest homestand. While far from out of the woods, this is the type of win that could give the Mets momentum as they try to climb back into first place.
Wednesday’s rainout will be made up as the first game of a single admission doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 12:10 p.m. ET. Game 2 will begin approximately 30-40 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Both games will be seven-inning contests.
Marcus Stroman, who was supposed to start the nightcap on Wednesday, will start Game 1. Trevor Williams, acquired from the Cubs along with Javier Báez at the Trade Deadline, will get the call and make his New York debut in Game 2.