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Game 162: Nats at Mets

Oct 4, 2015, 11:56 AM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

NEW YORK — And so we have reached final day of what proved to be perhaps the most eventful season in Nationals. Certainly not the most successful, but probably the most eventful. And there’s still more than could happen before this day and this season are officially over.

Bryce Harper enters Game 162 in a neck-and-neck race with Miami’s Dee Gordon for the NL batting title. How close are the two entering today? Harper is currently hitting .3308, while Gordon is currently hitting .3306. Suffice it to say, every at-bat today counts. Harper also needs one more RBI to reach 100 for the first time in his career. He’s tied with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado with 42 homers. And he’s trying to hold off Joey Votto for the on-base percentage title (.462 to .459) as well.

Harper, who sat out yesterday’s nightcap after taking a 97-mph fastball off his left shin, will have to go up against Mets ace Jacob deGrom, making a final tune-up before Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. Tanner Roark, meanwhile, gets one last chance to make a strong impression on the Nats before heading into what figures to be a fascinating offseason.

Plenty of updates to come, so please check back…

Where: Citi Field, New York
Gametime: 3:10 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185/869
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 59 degrees, Wind 17 mph in from CF

3B Anthony Rendon
2B Trea Turner
RF Bryce Harper
LF Jayson Werth
1B Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
CF Michael Taylor
C Pedro Severino
RHP Tanner Roark

METS (89-72)
RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
2B Daniel Murphy
CF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d’Arnaud
LF Michael Conforto
SS Ruben Tejada
RHP Jacob deGrom

HP Jim Wolf
1B Gerry Davis (cc)
2B Phil Cuzzi
3B Tony Randazzo

3:10 p.m. — The season finale is underway on what turned into a very nice day here in Flushing. Jacob deGrom throws strike one to Anthony Rendon. Meanwhile in Philadelphia, Dee Gordon doubled on the game’s first pitch, moving ahead of Bryce Harper for the batting title for the moment.

3:16 p.m. — And Harper taps a comebacker to deGrom to end the top of the first. He’s down to .3301, with Gordon up to .3317.

3:42 p.m. — The Nats’ first five batters today vs. deGrom either struck out or hit a comebacker, but Ian Desmond and Michael Taylor each drew walks in the top of the second. It’s still 0-0, though. And more bad news: Gordon homered in his second at-bat, raising his average to .3328. Harper’s going to need to do something his next time up.

3:54 p.m. — Hoo-boy, the Nats don’t have a hit through three innings vs. deGrom, who has struck out six. Harper will lead off the fourth. Roark has tossed two scoreless innings himself so far. 0-0, mid 3rd.

4:12 p.m. — Well, it’s not looking good. For Harper or for the Nats. They’re hitless through four innings, with Harper 0-for-2 vs. deGrom. He made solid contact in the top of the fourth, sending a sharp grounder up the middle. But Ruben Tejada was shaded over that way and made an easy play on it. So Harper is down to .3295. Gordon, meanwhile, is 3-for-3 and is up to .3339. Looks like the batting title ain’t coming to Washington. Bryce will just have to settle for MVP instead. Still 0-0, mid 4th.

4:31 p.m. — The Mets pulled deGrom after four innings and 72 pitches, his final tune-up before Game 1 of the NLDS. So Bartolo Colon is now challenged with keeping the no-hitter intact, and the big guy did it in the top of the fifth. No hits for the Nats yet, though no runs for either team.

4:52 p.m. — Logan Verrett with a perfect sixth inning. Still no hits for the Nats. Still no runs for either team as we move to the seventh.

5:05 p.m. — There goes the no-hitter. Clint Robinson smoked a ball up the middle off Tejada’s left knee, for a base hit. Yes, Tejada had a play on it, but the ball left Robinson’s bat at 110 mph. That’s a clean base hit. But it’s still 0-0 at the seventh-inning stretch, and here’s Sammy Solis to replace Roark.

5:13 p.m. — We go to the eighth. It’s still 0-0. Somebody will score eventually today. It has to happen. Right?

5:31 p.m. — Curtis Granderson took Blake Treinen deep to center in the bottom of the eighth. It’s 1-0 Mets and the Nats are down to their last three outs of the season.

5:44 p.m. — Game over. Season over. Nats lose 1-0. They finish 83-79.

  1. 3on2out - Oct 4, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    It would be nice to hand the Mutts their sixth straight loss…get them use to losing before they go to LA to have their clocks cleaned.

    I still can’t get over their fans cheering when Bryce was hit by Thor. And then chanting “Washington sucks” throughout Max’s masterpiece.

    They can join the Phillies’ fans as the lowest form of baseball life in my estimation.

    • Sonny G 10 - Oct 4, 2015 at 1:09 PM


    • natsfan1a - Oct 4, 2015 at 1:25 PM

      And then there was “Get off the field, [AH]!” after Max finished, and the Papelbon chants when Bryce was up. [Jerks].

      “I still can’t get over their fans cheering when Bryce was hit by Thor. And then chanting “Washington sucks” throughout Max’s masterpiece.”

      • natsfan1a - Oct 4, 2015 at 1:30 PM

        Not that it guarantees anything, as we know, but home field advantage is now off the table for the Mets, so there’s that.

      • Nats Fan Zee - Oct 4, 2015 at 1:57 PM

        Need to stop this Mutts nonsense. We are better than that. I guess the Mets fan base has taken a turn for the worse. When I lived there, I could always remember cheering strongly for the Mets but never chastised (other than a boo) the other team. That was reserved for the Yankee fans that sometimes got lost and ended up in Shea/Citi field.

        When we win today think about this …. 5 stinking games out of 162 …. Just 5 games. Think about that the next time you hear ‘we have time’ crap in April/May .. As if those games count less …

      • npb99 - Oct 4, 2015 at 2:54 PM

        Good point, Nats Fan Zee. One very self-important poster who has since taken his act elsewhere kept chastising those who were dismayed by the team’s early play. Any negative observation would draw from him an LOD comment, and accusations of mindless negativity. Guess what, DP, they were right.

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Oct 4, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    GYFNG! ((One last time in 2015))

  3. fpa4356 - Oct 4, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    I’ll take the Nats’ lineup over the Mets’ every time. Even with Roark against deGrom, and even with Escobar not in it.

  4. ArVAFan - Oct 4, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    As a last footnote to the season at Nats Park, I ran the Prevent Cancer 5K there this a.m. The park was pretty much battened down for the winter. But Teddy was positioned just before the finish line, and since I showed up in Nats gear, he ran with me to the finish line. So there ‘s probably video out there with me wearing a goofy smile and a red hoodie, holding hands with Teddy.

    Goodbye to the park until 2016. And, yes, GYFNG, one more time.

  5. Scooter - Oct 4, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    I’ll be rooting for the team, of course, and pulling extra hard for Harper.

    • natsfan1a - Oct 4, 2015 at 1:26 PM

      Yup. Me, too.

  6. janebeard - Oct 4, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    I want Harper to eek it out. And I know it’s deGrom, but my fingers are crossed for Ian to end the season with his 20 homers. Just one more.

    And it will be TO ME terribly sad to see Ian wearing a curly W for the last time.

    • Sonny G 10 - Oct 4, 2015 at 1:18 PM


    • natsfan1a - Oct 4, 2015 at 1:26 PM


  7. janebeard - Oct 4, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    And oh yeah: GYFNG!

  8. Sonny G 10 - Oct 4, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    We’re about to enter another phase in the evolution of our team in that we’re going to lose some of our home-grown talented players. It will be interesting to see how Rizzo keeps us competitive…or not.

    Also, GYFNG, one last time in 2015!

  9. nataddicted - Oct 4, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Hi Everyone, It’s been a few months since I’ve posted.

    Thanks to Mark, Chase and Daniel. Thanks also to all the commenters, well, most of them!

    Even though they won’t see it, thanks to the players! It will be tough to see so many of them wearing different uniforms next year.

    It’s been a heck of a season, and I remember why I was off baseball for a couple of decades. It’s hard to be a real fan. The high expectations of Spring Training just never materialized.

    Those hundreds of games on the DL were the problem this year.

    It should be a very interesting off season.


  10. adcwonk - Oct 4, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Bryce going against de Grom — Dee Gordon facing a Phillie pitcher who’s ERA is 7.54

    • npb99 - Oct 4, 2015 at 2:56 PM

      Yes, but it wouldn’t be a problem if he hadn’t been on a cold streak of late.

  11. Drew - Oct 4, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Fitting coda for the season.

    These are the times that are Treinen men’s souls.





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