Washington Nationals: Takeaways From 11-4 Win Over Mets
Ross Responds After Rough Start
In our preview on Monday, we talked about that Joe Ross had to keep the Mets off the scoreboard as much as he can to give the offense a chance against Noah Syndergaard. Last night, he had a rough first three innings, but the Washington Nationals offense was able to bail him out.
During the first three innings, the 23-year-old right-hander gave up nine hits with eight of them being singles. The damage could have been much worse, but Ross got some key outs when he had to, including a strikeout of Yoenis Cespedes to end the second.
Once the Nats got five runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead, Ross settled down and gave up one hit over the final three innings while striking out three. In the end, he went six innings, gave up four runs on ten hits, struck out seven, and walked one on 94 pitches (65 strikes) to pick up his seventh win of the season.
Whenever you watch a start that Ross makes, the poise always seems to stand out as he is able to still put together a decent outing despite a rough beginning. After that start last night, Ross is now 4-0 in his last seven starts, with his last loss coming on May 21 against the Miami Marlins.
Plus, Ross had some good moments at the plate when he singled in the fifth inning. Then, the decision to run to second when Revere was up paid off when James Loney couldn’t get the double play and made a bad throw home to allow a runner to score.
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