Trailing 4-1 to New York’s Mets after six innings in the series finale in Citi Field, Washington’s Nationals rallied to tie it up at 4-4, with one run scoring on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Jeurys Familia, before two more scored on a ground ball through the right side of the infield by Andrew Stevenson, 4-4.
Pete Alonso came up with one out in the Mets’ half of the seventh, however, and hit a walk-off winner off Kyle Finnegan, 5-4 Mets.
Fedde vs NYM: Erick Fedde gave up four hits, two walks, and three runs in five innings of work on the mound in Citi Field back in April, taking the loss in what ended up being a 6-1 game in the Mets’ favor, but the Nationals’ 28-year-old right-hander tossed seven scoreless against New York when he faced Washington’s NL East rivals in the nation’s capital in June, giving up two hits and four walks in what ended up a 1-0 win in which he received no decision.
Heading into his third outing of 2021 against the Mets, Fedde was winless in nine outings (including the 2nd one against NY) with a 6.49 ERA, 19 walks, 36 Ks, and a .291/.361/.474 line against in 43 IP over that stretch.
Fedde stranded Pete Alonso after a two-out double in a 14-pitch first, and struck out three around a one-out walk and single in a 22-pitch second, then left Alonso on after a two-out single in the third, completing three scoreless on 53 pitches.
Michael Conforto lined a 90 MPH 3-2 cutter to center for a double to lead off the Mets’ half of the fourth, and he scored on a double to center by J.D. Davis on the first pitch of the next at bat, 1-0.
Jonathan Villar singled for the third straight hit, moving Davis to third, and a run scored on a fielder’s choice out at second on a James McCann grounder, 2-0.
Erick Fedde’s Line: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks, 68 P, 41 S, 5/2 GO/FO.
Williams vs D.C.: Acquired from the Chicago Cubs along with Javier Baez and cash in a deal before the trade deadline that sent 19-year-old, 2020 1st Rd. pick Pete Crow-Armstrong to the Windy City, right-hander Trevor Williams took the mound this afternoon for his first start with his new team.
Williams, 29, faced the Nationals back in May in Wrigley Field, giving up five hits, two walks, and two runs in 4 2⁄3 IP in a 5-2 win in which he received no decision.
This afternoon in Citi Field, the right-hander retired the Nationals in order in the first, then got a 4-6-3 DP after giving up a one-out single by Carter Kieboom in the second, finishing the first two innings on 13 pitches.
A 14-pitch third, in which he worked around a one-out walk to Tres Barrera left Williams at 27 pitches total, and he stranded Juan Soto after a one-out walk in a 19-pitch fourth which left him at 46 pitches.
Adrián Sanchez doubled to left with one out in the fifth, and took third on a single to right by Tres Barrera in the next at bat, which ended Williams’ outing...
Trevor Williams’ Line: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks, 52 P, 31 S, 6/1 GO/FO.
SotOBP: Going into today’s doubleheader, Juan Soto had reached base safely in all six of the games he’d played against the Mets in 2021 and he’d hit safely in five of the six, giving him a 12-game on-base streak against New York overall going to Aug. 12, 2020, over which he had 16 hits, a hit-by-pitch, and nine walks.
Soto walked to extend the streak to seven this season and 13 overall in the first game of two in Citi Field, then walked with one out in the fourth in the second game of the twin bill, so 8-straight this season and 14-straight overall vs NY getting on base.
Bullpen Action: Seth Lugo took over on the mound for the Mets in the fifth, with runners on the corners and one-out after an Adrián Sanchez double and a Tres Barrera single, and the right-handed reliever gave up a sac fly to left by Yadiel Hernández, 2-1 NY.
Gabe Klobosits came on in the bottom of the fifth, and retired the Mets in order in a quick, seven-pitch frame, with help from Victor Robles on a catch at the wall on a Dominic Smith fly to left-center.
Lugo worked around another walk to Juan Soto in a scoreless sixth.
Tanner Rainey gave up a leadoff single by Michael Conforto and a two-run home run to center by Jonathan Villar one out later, 4-1.
Trevor May got the ninth for New York and gave up back-to-back hits, a line drive to right by Luis García and an infield single by Adrián Sanchez.
Josh Bell stepped in for a pinch hit at bat, with two on and no one out, and K’d swinging at a rising fastball out of the zone up high. Gerardo Parra walked to load the bases in the next at bat, ending May’s outing.
Jeurys Familia took over with one out and Victor Robles at the plate and popped Robles up behind home for out No. 2. Andrew Stevenson got a two-out opportunity and a wild pitch got a run in, 4-2, and moved the tying run to third, before Stevenson hit a ground ball that got through the right side, under Jeff McNeil’s glove for a game-tying, two-run single, 4-4.
Ryan Zimmerman K’d swinging to strand two, leaving it tied.
Kyle Finnegan came on in the bottom of the seventh and gave up a walk-off home run to left field by Pete Alonso. 5-4 Mets.
Final Score: 5-4 Mets
Nationals now 50-65