Jeremy Hefner held the struggling Nationals offense to just one run in seven strong innings of work. He allowed just four hit and walked one while striking out seven. Still, he will walk away with just a no-decision because Bobby Parnell blew the save in the ninth inning. It was Parnell’s third blown save in just 12 opportunities.
Things went bad quickly in the ninth as Ryan Zimmerman led off the inning with a double. A wild pitch moved him along to third and Adam LaRoche singled him in. another double by Ian Desmond set up Steve Lombardozzi‘s game-winning sacrifice fly.
A win like this one might just be what the Nationals need to get them going in the right direction. Coming into the season, they were seen as a team that would likely breeze into the playoffs and contend for the World Series. Now more than a third of the way into the season, they’ve reached the .500 mark with tonight’s victory.
The Mets, on the other hand, have been scuffling ever since they dismantled the New York Yankees in a four-game set last week. It is hard to get any traction when you are the worst hitting club in the majors already, and you make things even more difficult on yourselves by blowing leads late in the game.