Tim Redding had a much different outing tonight against his former team than he did against the Marlins, pitching six innings and allowing only one run. Although he was pitching to the league-worst Washington Nationals, he did get out of a couple of tough jams.
The Mets offense couldn’t muster much in the first nine innings, leaving 10 runners on base and going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. The first run came on a ground-out RBI by Fernando Tatis in the second inning.
The hero of the night was David Wright, who was 4-for-5 at the plate, hitting the game winning two-run double in the top of the 10th inning. He had some help from the Nationals defense and some lucky bounces, but they counted them as hits.
Wright didn’t have a great night on the base paths, however, as he was caught trying to steal third base in the 10th with no outs. He also was thrown out at third when an errant pickoff play got past Nats first baseman Nick Johnson. Former Met Anderson Hernandez got to it quickly and threw a bullet to third in time to nail Wright.
The bullpen was excellent. With JJ Putz out on the disabled list, Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Brian Stokes was great in the seventh. Francisco Rodriguez earned his 15th save. Sean Green also was excellent as he pitched a hitless ninth inning and got the win.