Oliver Perez only gave up four hits tonight, but he walked six batters and hit one to allow four runs in six innings pitched. The Nationals took advantage of the walks, despite only getting four singles. Once again, Perez couldn’t get it done against the Nats, who won 4-0.
Nationals starter John Lannan was brilliant as he pitched his first complete game shutout, getting 17 ground ball outs. It was his second complete game against the Mets this season. It was the fifth time the Mets were shut out in 13 games and their ninth overall.
Even if the pitcher is excellent, you have to score runs to win and the Mets couldn’t do that, either. They had seven hits, none for extra bases. Jeff Francoeur had his second consecutive two-hit game. The top of the order was three for 12. Perez even contributed a hit.
So, the Mets couldn’t take advantage of any momentum after taking the first game of this series. They fall back to five games under .500. Mike Pelfrey takes the mound Wednesday night.