The New York Mets squared off against the Washington Nationals this weekend in a matchup of the NL East’s first- and last-place teams. The Mets made sure both those labels still applied when they left the national’s capital on Sunday night.
The Blue and Orange swept Washington in a three-game set, outscoring the Nationals 21-8. Carlos Beltran capped the thrashing with two home runs in yesterday’s 8-2 finale and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez extended his winning streak to four games, allowing just two runs and three hits in seven innings to earn the win.
The game entered the eighth tied 2-2 before the Mets exploded for six runs in the final two frames. Shawn (pictured) Green snapped the tie with his first clutch hit this millennium (or so it seems), driving in two runs with a bases-loaded single. Marlon Anderson then added a bases-loaded double and the Mets never looked back. “We’ve tended to feel sorry for teams when we’ve had a chance to finish them off,” Randolph said. “We didn’t do that today.”
New York extended their division lead to five games over second-place Philadelphia and five-and-one-half games over Atlanta. If you listen closely, you can hear the Fat Lady starting to clear her throat.