Washington Nationals Rapid Reaction: Nats Falter During Late Innings In Loss To Mets

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Jul 21, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) steals second base ahead of the tag attempt by Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

After figuring out a way to score against Matt Harvey last night, the Washington Nationals continued their stretch of going up against All-Star pitchers as they faced Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets. It was a matchup on paper that would seem like a mismatch between deGrom and a pitcher in Joe Ross who was making his fourth start of his Major League career.

However, this game was very entertaining as both pitchers were able to have solid performances as neither pitcher gave up a run till the fourth inning. Even though Ross gave up the first run, Wilson Ramos came up with a big two-run homer against deGrom one inning later to give the Nationals the 2-1 lead.

Even with the lead, the Nats defense, which was very good the night before, went back to what it sort of looked like in early April when they were making mistakes all over the place. Even though the Mets had been struggling with runners in scoring position, if you give a team more opportunities to score, they will make you pay.

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Now, if the Nationals were to win this afternoon’s game and take two out of three from the Mets, this loss won’t be a big deal. However, a loss today would mean the Mets would be only one game back in the division and they would leave DC with a lot of confidence since they would have won both series at Nats Park this season.

Before Noah Syndergaard takes on Jordan Zimmermann this afternoon (12:35 PM ET, MASN/MLB Network), here are some of my takeaways from last night’s 7-2 loss by the Nats to the Mets:

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