New York Mets 5-1 Over Washington Nationals: Shoddy Defense By Nats Spoils Taylor Jordan's MLB Debut

Jim McIsaac

The line for Washington Nationals' right-hander Taylor Jordan's MLB debut?: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 84 P, 48 S, 9/3 GO/FO. The Nats' starter impressed, but the defense did not. 5-1 New York Mets in Citi Field. Rubber match tomorrow in Flushing, Queens.

Sure New York Mets' right-hander Matt Harvey has been impressive and was again last night, and sure everyone's looking forward to seeing NY's rookie right-hander Zack Wheeler on Sunday, but Dillon Gee's been kryptonite to the Washington Nationals' metaphorical Man of Steel so far this season and over the course of his career. [ed. note - "That Superman reference is for the Mets' no.1 fan, Jerry Seinfeld!"] In eight career starts against the Mets' divisional rivals from the nation's capital before this afternoon's outing in Flushing, Queens, the 27-year-old Gee was (5-1), with a 2.70 ERA, 5 HR (0.90 HR/9), 18 BB (3.24 BB/9), 42 Ks (7.56 K/9) and a 1.20 WHIP in 50 IP vs the Nats. And so far in 2013, Gee was (2-0) in two starts vs the Nationals, with just one run allowed in 12 2/3 innings pitched (0.71 ERA).

Gee gave up a two-out walk to Ryan Zimmerman and a ground-rule double by Adam LaRoche in the first, but the ball bouncing out on LaRoche's double held Zimmerman at third when he would have scored, and Zimmerman was stranded there when Jayson Werth K'd swinging at a 2-2 change to end a 20-pitch first by Dillon Gee. 0-0 in NY.

24-year-old debuting Nationals' right-hander Taylor Jordan missed outside and high with a 91 mph fastball on his first major league pitch. Jordan went to a full count with Mets' leadoff man Eric Young and got a grounder back to the mound for his first MLB out. A grounder to second from Daniel Murphy got Jordan two quick outs, but he walked David Wright on five pitches in the third at bat of New York's first. A fastball to Marlon Byrd hit the Mets' outfielder in the hip, putting two on with two outs. An 0-1 change to Josh Satin got Jordan up 0-2, and the Nats' starter got the third groundout of the inning with a 2-2 change. Ryan Zimmerman fielded it and stepped on third for the force, ending a 22-pitch opening frame.

Kurt Suzuki hit a hanging bender from Dillon Gee for a two-out single to left that gave his pitcher a rest after the first two Nats' batters went down on three pitches in the top of the second. Of course, that also meant Taylor Jordan had to hit, but he popped out to right in his first MLB at bat, then retook the mound. A 93 mph 1-2 fastball to Kirk Nieuwenhuis got Taylor Jordan a weak liner to left that Roger Bernadina handled. John Buck flew to right field on an 84 mph 3-1 change for out no.2 and Omar Quintanilla grounded back to the mound on a 94 mph 0-1 fastball to end an 11-pitch, 1-2-3 bottom of the second. 0-0 in Citi Field. 33 pitches in two scoreless by Taylor Jordan.

Dillon Gee issued another two-out walk to Ryan Zimmerman in the top of the third, but Adam LaRoche's fly to left ended a 15-pitch inning that had Gee at 44 pitches overall after three scoreless in New York. Taylor Jordan got his first major league K with a diving 1-2 change to the opposing pitcher. Eric Young sent Denard Span back to the track in center field where Span caught out no.2 of the Mets' third. Daniel Murphy took a 3-1 sinker outside to center for two-out single and New York's first hit off the Nationals' debuting starter, but David Wright lined out to Jayson Werth in right to end a 12-pitch third inning that had Jordan at 45 overall. Still 0-0.

An 0-2 slider got Jayson Werth swinging for the first out of the fourth. Gee hit the low outside corner with 1-2 fastball, then went back outside with a change off the plate that got Ian Desmond to chase. Roger Bernadina stepped in with two down and doubled off the yellow line atop the right field wall in Citi Field, just missing a two-out home run. Davey Johnson asked for a review, but the umps said decided against it. Kurt Suzuki singled to left in the next at bat to bring Bernadina around and make it 1-0 Nationals after three and a half.

Taylor Jordan took the mound with a lead for the first time in his major league career in the bottom of the fourth inning and had the leadoff batter reach on a sharp grounder to third by Marlon Byrd that Ryan Zimmerman booted, literally, off the heel of his left foot, E:5. Taylor issued his second walk of the game to Josh Satin in the next at bat. Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded sharply to second and into a force that took Satin off the bases, but with runners on the corners, John Buck lined to left to bring Byrd in and tie the game up at 1-1. A pop to left-center fell in between Denard Span, Ian Desmond and Roger Bernadina for a one out single that loaded the bases. Dillon Gee popped up foul of first for out no.2, however, and Eric Young grounded to first to leave'em loaded at the end of a 23-pitch frame by Taylor Jordan. 68 overall after four by the debuting starter. 1-1 in Citi Field.

Taylor Jordan added to his list of firsts this afternoon with a line drive single to center on a first-pitch fastball from Dillon Gee, collecting his first major league hit. Denard Span hit a sharp grounder to first in the next at bat, allowing Josh Satin to turn a 3-6 DP. Anthony Rendon's groundout to short ended a seven-pitch inning by Gee. 66 pitches overall after five. Daniel Murphy started the Mets' fifth with a low liner to center that fell in for a single in front of a charging Denard Span. Murphy took second on a groundout to short by David Wright. Another sharp grounder by Marlon Byrd jumped up and bounced off Ryan Zimmerman's glove at his hip. Ian Desmond recovered it and tried for the out at third, but when his throw to Zimmerman hit the Mets' runner and bounced away into foul territory, Murphy scored to give New York a 2-1 lead. Josh Satin hit a bloop single to center to put runners on the corners with two down and 16 pitches into the fifth, with runner on the corners and no outs, Taylor Jordan's MLB debut ended. Craig Stammen came on to face Kirk Nieuwenhuis and got a line drive to center that Denard Span caught, but a run scored when Byrd tagged and scored and it was 3-1 Mets after five.

Taylor Jordan's Debut Line: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 84 P, 48 S, 9/3 GO/FO

Ryan Zimmerman walked for the third time in three at bats to get on in front of Adam LaRoche again in the first at bat of the sixth. A sharp grounder to first from LaRoche allowed the Mets to double up Zimmerman on a 3-5-3 double play since the Mets were in the shift. Jayson Werth singled through short with two down, but an Ian Desmond fly to right ended the top of the sixth with the score still 3-1 New York. Omar Quintanilla doubled off the freecreditscore.com sign on the right field fence in the first at bat of the Mets' sixth and took third when pinch hitter Andrew Brown K'd swinging on a 1-2 curve in the dirt from Craig Stammen. A sac fly to center by Eric Young allowed Quintanilla to score and make it 4-1 NY. Daniel Murphy tripled to right-center with two down, and after David Wright was hit by a pitch, Murphy scored on a Marlon Byrd single to right that made it 5-1 Mets in the sixth and only a sort-of spectacular diving play by Ryan Zimmerman on a sharp Josh Satin grounder kept it there.


Right-handed reliever Carlos Torres took over for New York in the top of the seventh. Kurt Suzuki was 3 for 3 today after he doubled to left. Denard Span walked with two down to put two on for Anthony Rendon, but David Wright was all over a weak grounder to third and the Mets' third baseman made a barehand play and throw to end the top of the seventh. Still 5-1 New York. Fernando Abad got three fly ball outs in an 11-pitch, 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the seventh.

Carlos Torres got Ryan Zimmerman looking with a 1-2 fastball for the first out of the eighth. Adam LaRoche K'd swinging at a 2-2 cutter from Torres and Jayson Werth fouled a 1-2 cutter into John Buck's mitt as Torres struck out the side in the top of the eighth. Fernado Abad gave up a one-out single to center by Eric Young, but got the next two outs for his second scoreless frame in Citi Field.

The Nationals faced LaTroy Hawkins in the top of the ninth. Ian Desmond worked the count full and walked. Roger Bernadina K'd swinging through an 0-2 fastball. Kurt Suzuki was 3 for 3 before he stepped in and grounded into a game-ending double play. Ballgame. Mets win, 5-1 final.

Nationals now 40-40

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