The Win/Loss record is easily one of the most arbitrary stats when it comes to measuring the talent of a pitcher, but that does not mean Edwin Jackson was not looking to make his a little more aesthetically pleasing tonight. With the Nationals playing a draining 12 innings last night, the team was in need of a good game from their starter, and Jackson would not disappoint. Defensively, the game and to this point the series for the Mets has been a bit shakey. The Nationals would also have a few mistakes, and one of them would prove costly. Offensively, the Nationals would get a big home run, an RBI single, and a sac fly which would be the story of the game.
Jackson had a decent night, pitching 7 solid innings, allowing 3 runs, walking 4, and striking out 6. A couple of singles and a lead off double would bring the Mets to within 1 run, by making the game 3-2. Tonight, just like in his previous start, Jackson would walk the leadoff man David Wright and then allow him to 3rd on an errant pick off attempt. With no one out, a groundout from Lucas Duda brought Wright home. The 3rd and final run the Mets would score came when Ike Davis hit a lead off double. A 4-3 ground out would allow Davis to take 3rd, then a similar groundout would bring him home.
The Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner was not bad tonight, but he definitely was not good enough to stop the Nationals. Hefner pitched 6 innings, allowing 3 runs, striking out 3 and walking 1. The Nationals offense was solid all the way around. In the 1st, an error would allow Bryce Harper to take 2nd base. Then, a walk would allow Ryan Zimmerman to take first. The error and the walk would set up Adam LaRoche, who would drill a home run to right field to give the Nats a 3 run lead. Having taken the lead in the 1st inning, the Nationals would hold on to a lead the whole game and go on to win 5-3 after LaRoche would get a sacrifice fly and Morse would get an RBI single. Ian Desmond would throw a possible double play ball a bit wide, but the error would not prove costly later.
The Nationals grabbed the lead early in the game, hung on for all 9 innings and added a little bit along the way and Edwin Jackson improved his record to 2-3. The 2nd straight win over the Mets has helped push the Nationals to 2 games over the the Marlins and the Braves in the NL East. The Mets are now in 3rd and the Phillies are still taking up the tail end of the NL East standings. The race in the NL East is still tight, so the Nationals will be looking for a strong effort from Chien Ming Wang when he takes on R.A. Dickey tomorrow in the afternoon.