Nationals Take Series; Defeat Mets 6-3


May 18, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) is congratulated by Washington Nationals second baseman Kevin Frandsen (19) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Nationals defeated the struggling Mets on Sunday by a score of 6-3. Jordan Zimmermann went six innings, allowing three runs runs. Zack Wheeler did the same.

In the first inning, Tyler Moore made a beautiful diving grab. He ran into foul territory and dove out t0 make the stellar play.

Lucas Duda led off the second inning with a double. He would later be hit in by Juan Centeno, making it 1-0 in favor of the Mets.

Ian Desmond demolished a ball to left field in the bottom of the second, tying the game at one apiece. The Nats should be happy Desmond is finally starting to hit. Hopefully this will continue, especially since Bryce Harper, Adam LaRoche, and Ryan Zimmerman are still out with injuries.

In the bottom of the third, Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth reached base with two outs, leaving it up to Wilson Ramos. He doubled to left-center, scoring both runners and making it 3-1.

Werth was then up again with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the fifth. Werth popped out, therefore leaving it up to Ramos yet again. The catcher singled to left scoring two and making it 5-1.

In the top of the sixth, the Mets scored two runs—one on a Juan Lagares single and one on a single from Centeno. The score was now 5-3. Zimmermann then turned it over to the bullpen after the quality start.

The bullpen was solid, as the last run of the contest was scored in the bottom of the eighth when Kevin Frandsen scored Ramos on an RBI single.

Overall, the Nationals looked good both at the plate and in the field. The team remains a half game out of first place in the NL East. The Reds will be Washington’s next competitor.