Nationals Vs. Mets: Nationals Soaked and Shut Out In 3-0 Loss To Mets

The Nationals offense woes continue as the line-up once again was drowned by a miserable performance and pitcher Tom Gorzelanny could not weather the storm.

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Nationals Vs. Mets Final: Nationals Get Blanked By Mets 3-0

Fans and even the Washington Nationals themselves must be getting frustrated at the lack of offense coming from their line-up. It has been a glaring weakness for Washington that teams are taking advantage of and such was the case on Wednesday night when the New York Mets blanked the Nats 3-0.

Southpaw starter Tom Gorzelanny took the loss giving up three runs on seven hits in five-innings of work. Gorzelanny walked five, but also struck out seven. While the Nationals starting pitcher might have been tagged with the loss, the ultimate loser has been the Nationals offense who once again offered no support for their pitcher and no answers to their inconsistency. Only one National recorded more than one hit during the game and that was left fielder Michael Morse. Infielder Brian Bixler went 1-for-1 in a pinch hitting role. If it sounds like this is just grasping for something, anything, to be positive about it is when talking about this offense.

In the Nationals starting line-up not one player is hitting .300 or above. Center fielder Roger Bernadina is hitting .293 while first baseman Adam LaRoche is hitting a .177 average which continues to drop like a stone into the abyss. Most teams would have done something by now to try and turn the negative tide, but with so little options open to the Nats the team and GM Mike Rizzo are sort of stuck between a rock and a hard place.

The Nationals record is now 20-22 and tied with the Mets for last place in the NL East.

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Nationals Vs. Mets Score: Nationals Trying To Play Catch-Up In 3-0 Game

The Washington Natoinals struggle in early innings and put themselves in holes early and Wednesday night has been no different. The New York Mets plated one run in the first-inning off starter Tom Gorzelanny and then added two more in the sixth to take a 3-0 lead.

In the first-inning Jose Reyes scored on a Jason Bay sacrifice double-play. Gorzelanny recovered and pitched four scoreless innings until the seventh when Justin Turner smashed a double to center field which scored Reyes and Scott Hairston. Gorzelanny left the game after that and was replaced by reliever Henry Rodriguez.

The Nationals offense continues to struggle as they have only collected four hits at Citi Bank Field. Roger Bernadina, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos so far are having a 1-for-3 type of night while outfielder Michael Morse also collected a hit. With the game in the seventh-inning the Nationals are running out of time to make things happen.

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Nationals Vs. Mets: Tom Gorzelanny Looks To Extend Washington's Win Streak

The Washington Nationals travel to Citi Field to take on the New York Mets at 7:10 p.m., one day after rain, or the lack thereof, canceled the second game of a two-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rain also may be in the forecast for Wednesday night's game, so stay tuned.

If the two teams do get the game in, the Nationals will send Tom Gorzelanny to the hill against Jon Niese. The Nationals will trot out the same lineup as they would have played against the Pirates, except with Gorzelanny on the hill. Jordan Zimmermann was scheduled to start on Tuesday, but the Nationals have a strict innings limit on him in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery and have elected to skip his spot in the rotation.

Here is the Nationals' lineup.

 

  1. Roger Bernadina: CF
  2. Ian Desmond: SS
  3. Jayson Werth: RF
  4. Wilson Ramos: C
  5. Adam LaRoche: 1B
  6. Michael Morse: LF
  7. Danny Espinosa: 2B
  8. Jerry Hairston Jr. :3B
  9. Tom Gorzelanny: P
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