Mets’ bullpen, Pete Alonso foul cost them loss to Nationals

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WASHINGTON — Buck Showalter engaged two unused members of his bullpen on Sunday, as he had hoped, but failed to achieve the desired result.

Most notably, Trevor Williams gave up a few basehits in the eighth inning, including the two-run single by Nelson Cruz that put the Nationals ahead for good. But that’s not to pin all of the Mets’ 4-2 loss in Nationals Park onto the bullpen.

Pete Alonso made a major throwing error in the inning after another questionable throw, and it shouldn’t be forgotten that the Mets were only 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position after starting the season strong in that category.

The Nationals tied the score 2-2 in the eighth on Lucius Fox’s squeeze bunt that brought in pinch-runner Dee Strange-Gordon from third base. Alonso charged the ball, but his underhand throw to the plate was high and Strange-Gorden slid under the tag. Chasen Shreve, who had gone scoreless the previous 1 ¹/₃ innings, stayed in the game to start the eighth and gave up a single to Yadiel Hernandez. Enter Williams, who gave up a single to Maikel Franco that put runners on the corners before Fox’s bunt tied him up.

Dee Strange-Gordon of the Nationals scores on a bunt in the eighth inning against the Mets on April 10, 2022.
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Chasen Shreve gave up a run in the Mets’ loss to the Nationals on April 10, 2022.
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After Williams recorded an out, Cesar Hernandez grounded out that could have been an inning-ending double play. Alonso fielded the ball and his throw pulled Francisco Lindor off second base. After Juan Soto hit into a fielder’s choice, Cruz delivered the go-ahead goal.

Carlos Carrasco gave up one run on two hits in 5 ²/₃ innings and joined Tylor Megill and Chris Bassitt among the Mets starters who choked the Nationals. In the case of Megill and Bassitt, that meant a combination to throw 11 shutout innings.

Shreve was called up with two outs in the sixth and eliminated Soto to end the inning before scoring a scoreless seventh. Showalter was looking for a place to get the lefty Shreve into a game this weekend.

The Mets bullpen wasted Carlos Carrasco’s effort in Sunday’s defeat.
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The Mets used a pop and patience to score twice in the fourth and take a 2-1 lead. The pop came from Lindor, who homered against Erick Fedde early in the inning. But with two outs, the Mets started another rally, including a walk to Dominic Smith on a double by Eduardo Escobar. Mark Canha led the lead run with a single from the diving Soto’s glove into right field.

Cruz’s homerun with two outs in the first inning was the only damage the Nationals inflicted on Carrasco. It continued Carrasco’s trend from last season to get dented in the first inning.

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