Washington National Blow A Chance To Gain On Cincinnati Reds

Brad Mills – USA Today Sports

The last thing that the Washington Nationals needed was a 3-2 loss to the New York Mets on Friday night in front of over 35,000 fans at Nationals Park. They started the day just 6.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the final NL Wild Card spot.

Meanwhile, the Reds lost in Denver to the Colorado Rockies 9-6, meaning the Nats blew a wonderful chance to gain ground on Cincinnati. So, Nationals fans can take some consolation that they remain only 6.5 games out with one more day left in the month of August.

Also of note is that the Nationals lost for just the second time in 10 games and remain one of the hottest teams in baseball.

As we expected, Friday night’s Nationals-Mets game was a brilliant pitcher’s duel that saw the Mets’ Dillon Gee (10-9) once again besting the Nationals the way he always does, allowing six hits and two solo home runs over 7.2 innings, outdueling Jordan Zimmermann (15-8) as the Mets won for only the third time in nine games. Gee is 7-2 lifetime against Washington.

Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr was in charge for most of the game after manager Davey Johnson left the dugout due to illness. At this time, we don’t know if Johnson will be back for tonight’s game against the Mets. The same two teams will go at it tonight at Nationals Park.

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