Mets Vs. Nationals: Chien-Ming Wang Recovers From Shaky First Inning But Nationals Fall 8-5

Wang lasted four innings in his debut and gave up four runs in the first inning. He settled as the Nationals offense warmed up, but it was all for not as Washington left 18 men on base.

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Mets Vs. Nationals Final: Nationals Battle But Fall 8-5 To Mets

When a team's starting pitcher gives up four runs in the first inning that usually is quite a hole to climb out of. The Washington Nationals had that happen to them as starter Chien-Ming Wang, pitching in his first game in two years, gave up four runs in the first inning against the New York Mets. But the Nats battled back, though in a losing effort to fall to the Mets 8-5.

Wang had a rough first inning, but after giving up four runs was able to settle down for a couple innings before the Mets scored two more runs in the fourth and final inning he pitched. He pitched four innings (he had a pitch count)  giving up six runs (four earned) on eight hits. He walked only one and struck out two. It wasn't what the Nationals were hoping for, but the fact he settled in later innings and some shoddy defense stood behind him gives the Nationals slight hope that maybe he is still shaking off the rust.

Offensively the Nationals put together five runs on nine hits. Outfielder Laynce Nix 2-for-5 with a RBI, centerfielder Rick Ankiel finished the night 1-for-4 with two RBI, and catcher Wilson Ramos collected a RBI of his own. Nix grounded out in the bottom of the fourth while Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse scored. The Nats committed one error and left 18 men on base.

Washington is firming up it's place as cellar dwellers of the NL East with their sixth straight loss. The Nationals 2011 quickly is spiraling out of control and neither the players, manager Davey Johnson or GM Mike Rizzo seem to have any idea on how to get out of their funk. The Nats are now 49-56 on the year.

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Mets Vs. Nationals Score: Wang Dang Sweet Stop The Rain, Mets Pound Wang For 4-0 Lead

Call it rust, call it jitters or maybe he just doesn't have it anymore, but whatever the case Washington Nationals starter Chien-Ming Wang would love to have back the first inning he pitched in the big leagues in two years. The New York Mets teed off on Wang and pounded him for a 4-0 lead against Washington-- all in the first inning.

Wang faced Jose Reyes in his first at-bat after recovering from shoulder surgery and issued four straight sinkers for four straight balls. The next four batters reached base via singles. Wang did not record his first out until the sixth batter, Jason Bay grounded out, but the Mets scored anyway. Lucas Duda flied out into a double play, but the Mets scored again and the damage had been done. It took Wang 25 pitches to get out of the first inning. The Mets enjoyed a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the first frame.

Not a great start to Wang's return to MLB play and not a good sign for the Nationals to finally break their losing streak.

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Mets Vs. Nationals: Chien-Ming Wang's Promotion Means Roger Bernadina Is Sent Down To AAA

With the promotion of Chien-Ming Wang to pitch on Friday night for the first time in almost two years, the Washington Nationals needed to send somebody down to AAA. In a surprise, it looks like that someone will be outfielder Roger Bernadina, who has been a starter most of the season. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Bernadina will be the one sent down.

The Bernadina decision was not officially confirmed by Davey Johnson before the game, but it was essentially confirmed. It's a surprise in particular because Bernadina was hearing his name pop up in the latest MLB trade rumors. Now, it looks like he is off the market.

The Nationals now have six starters, plus Ross Detwiler, which should be interesting. They must believe they need arms more than bats. As of now, it appears Bernadina will be replaced by a platoon of Rick Ankiel and Jerry Hairston in center field.

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Mets Vs. Nationals: Chien-Ming Wang Era Rises Against Mets At Nationals Park

After nearly two years of waiting, the Washington Nationals will finally get to see the fruits of their labor and patience in their attempts to get starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (0-0, -.-- ERA) back to pitching health. The Taiwanese pitcher has been sidelined since 2009 due to right shoulder problems, but finally he will make his Washington debut Friday night against the New York Mets.

It has been a slow process for Wang with a couple setbacks, however a few weeks ago he suddenly started his rehab assignments with modest success. Wang had six starts in the Minors this season, going 2-1 with a 3.14 ERA moving through the Nationals farm system. All eyes will be on the 6' 3" right hander as he takes on Dillon Gee (9-3, 3.75 ERA) and the surging New York Mets at 7:05 P.M.

In order to make room for Wang on the roster, center fielder Roger Bernadina was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.

 

Nationals Line-Up

1. Rick Ankiel, CF

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Michael Morse, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Laynce Nix, LF

7. Ian Desmond, SS

8. Wilson Ramos, C

9. Chien-Ming Wang, SP

 

Mets Line-Up

1. Jose Reyes, SS

2. Justin Turner, 2B

3. Daniel Murphy, 1B

4. David Wright, 3B

5. Angel Pagan CF

6. Jason Bay, LF

7. Lucas Duda, RF

8. Ronny Paulino, C

9. Dillon Gee, SP

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