WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 03: Tom Milone #46 of the Washington Nationals pitches in his major league debut against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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5. Welcome To Washington, Tommy Milone: Tommy Milone's first major league pitch is a fastball, low, over the middle of the plate. Jose Reyes takes it for a called strike. The Nats' left-hander bounces the second pitch, 1-1, before another called strike that Reyes doesn't like. Reyes takes a rip at a 1-2 curve that comes in at 74 mph and sends a sharp grounder to third where Ryan Zimmerman makes a slick play at the hot corner and throws to first to record Milone's first major league out. Justin Turner flies to right on a 2-2 fastball that comes in at 90 mph. Lucas Duda, a teammate of Milone's at USC, flies out to left-center to end Milone first scoreless frame. 10 pitches, 8 strikes....
4. Golly-Gee, Desi: In his first start against the Washington Nationals, on September 7, 2007, Mets' right-hander Dillon Gee had a no-hitter through five before Willie Harris' leadoff HR in the 6th broke up the 25-year-old's no-hit and shutout bids with one swing. In his second start against Washington, earlier this year on May 19th, Livan Hernandez broke up a no-hitter with a two-out single in the sixth inning of a 7.2-shutout-inning-outing against the Nats in which Gee allowed just two hits. Start no.3 vs the Nats, on July 29th, his last before tonight, saw the NY right-hander's no-hitter broke up in the fourth, and the Nats scored three runs in 6.2 IP against Gee, who got his third win in three starts vs Washington. Tonight in Nats Park Gee's no-hit bid ends in the first at bat when Ian Desmond crushes a 2-2 change for a leadoff blast and a 1-0 lead early.
3. Best. Debut. Ever...Or Since Strasburg's, Or Espinosa's: Milone jams David Wright with back-to-back fastballs, both of which the Mets' third baseman pops up. Chris Marrero loses the first one and lets it drop in foul territory. The second Nats' second baseman Danny Espinosa gets to. One out. An 0-2 fastball upstairs gets Angel Pagan swinging for Milone's first K. Jayson Bay flies out to left, 6 up, 6 down on 23 pitches by the debuting left-hander. Danny Espinosa gives Milone a two-run lead to work with after he's hit by a pitch, sent first-to-third™ on a Chris Marrero single and driven in by a Jesus Flores' double. 2-0 Nats. The Nationals' catcher is down 0-2 when Gee hangs a curve that's lined to left. The Mets' right-hander throws a fastball on the next pitch, to Tommy Milone, and the debuting pitcher DRIVES THE FIRST PITCH HE SEES TO RIGHT AND GONE!! GONE!!! Three-run HR on the first pitch of his first major league at bat!! Tommy Milone takes a curtain-call. 5-0 Nats.
2. FIRST ER's ALLOWED!!!: A one-out single that jumps on Ryan Zimmerman gives the Mets their first hit of the game off Milone in the third. A sac bunt by Gee gives Milone two outs in the third, and he strikes the NL Batting leader Jose Reyes out with a 2-2 change to complete his third scoreless frame. 5-0 Nationals. Tommy Milone gives up a leadoff bloop single by Justin Turner his fourth inning of work, and one out later a double to left by David Wright bounces into the stands holding the Turner at third on what's ruled a ground-rule double. Runners on second and third, and Angel Pagan drives them both in with a single in the next at bat to get the Mets within three, 5-2 Nationals. Pagan steals second on Milone, who gets out no.2 on a groundout to third, but Mets' first baseman Nick Evans crushes a 2-2 slider that soars over the left field bullpen and into the stands for a two-out, two-run HR that makes it 5-4 after four. A 28-pitch frame has Milone at 65 pitches after four innings pitched.
1. Quick Hook: Milone's lifted with one out in the fifth and Jose Reyes on first after the Mets' leadoff man's line drive single to center. MIlone throws over to first twice before he's lifted for Tom Gorzelanny after having thrown 74 pitches, 51 strikes in 4.1 IP in which the left-hander allows six hits, one HR, and four runs, all earned...and hits a three-run HR. Two groundouts later, Gorzelanny strands Reyes to preserve the Nats 5-4 lead and Roger Bernadina adds to it in the bottom of the inning with an oppo-boppo blast to left-center that makes it 6-4 Nationals. [CHOMP!]
0. Slump Broken: Tom Gorzelanny's back in the 6th, and he gives up back-to-back one-out hits, a single by Angel Pagan and a two-run HR to left by Jason Bay? Bay breaks 0 for 35 road slump with his 10th HR of 2011. Gorzelanny leaves a 3-1 fastball up for the Mets' outfielder and Bay ties it with one swing, 6-6 after six. Nats' reliever Tyler Clippard gives up a leadoff walk to pinch hitter Willie Harris in the Mets' seventh after a double play grounder by Pudge Rodriguez erases an error by NY reliever Pedro Beato and a one-out single by Jesus Flores in the bottom of the sixth. Clippard gets the first out of the seventh on a sac bunt by Jose Reyes, but gives up a one-out single by Justin Turner to put runners on the corners for Lucas Duda, whose sac fly to right scores the leadoff walk and gives NY a 7-6 lead.
-1. Four Straight?: Mets' right-hander Manny Acosta throws a scoreless seventh. The Nats' flamethrowing right-hander Henry Rodriguez strikes out the side in the 8th on 15 pitches, 11 strikes, five at 100mph, one up to 101 mph. Manny Acosta's back in the eighth, allowing a one-out walk to Jayson Werth, but striking out Danny Espinosa and Chris Marrero to end his second scoreless frame with five K's. Still 7-6 NY. Sean Burnett throws a clean top of the ninth. Mets' closer Bobby Parnell comes on for the bottom of the ninth and gives up a leadoff single to left on a hanging slider to Jesus Flores. A wild pitch allows Flores' pinch hitter Brian Bixler to take second. Jonny Gomes walks. Two on, no one out for Ian Desmond, whose sac bunt puts runners on second and third. Roger Bernadina gets the intentionals to load the bases for Ryan Zimmerman. Parnell gets behind again and gives up a broken-bat-bloop to right. Lucas Duda dives, and misses it! Two runs score. Nats win!! 8-7 Washington on Zim's walk-off bloop.
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