While a late Nationals rally made it close, there was nothing respectable about the Nationals 10-7 loss to the Mets Thursday night. After Mets starter John Maine left having thrown just five pitches, the Nationals were held to three runs over five innings by minor-league journeyman Raul Valdez. Combine that with Ian Desmonds two errors, Starter Luis Atilano’s unwillingness to go after hitters, and the Nats leaving ten runners on base. Only some lights out mop-up work from Miguel Batista and Sean Burnett, combined with the ineffectiveness of Mets rookie Jenrry Mejia, contributed to the close final.
The good news in all this is the O’s are coming to town and bringing baseballs worst record(13-29), bad all-around pitching(4.58ERA), and a powerless offense(.388SLG)with them for the three-game set. The opener of the three-game set features a one-sided match-up as Nationals Lefty Scott Olson(2-1, 3.15ERA) takes the mound against Orioles Righty David Hernandez (0-5, 5.84ERA).