The New York Mets could have simply folded after blowing a six-run lead against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. New York bounced back in Robinson Cano’s first game back by going 3-for-3, including a two-run homer in the fourth-inning off of Anibal Sanchez in a 8-4 win over Washington.
It appeared as if Cano was going to miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, but he came back a lot faster than originally expected.
Trea Turner hit an RBI single for the Nationals in the second-inning.
Juan Lagares hit a solo home run for the Mets in the third-inning off of Anibal Sanchez.
When New York was up 3-1 in the fourth-inning, Pete Alonso hit his 45th home run of the year to go up 4-1 off of Anibal Sanchez. Alonso needs eight more home runs to tie Aaron Judge’s rookie record of 53 home runs set in 2017.
Amed Rosario hit a two-run single in the sixth-inning for the New York Mets and Jeff McNeil also hit an RBI single in that inning.
Washington scored three runs in the sixth-inning off of Jeurys Familia. Asdrubal Cabrera had an RBI single and Anthony Rendon had a two-run double.
In order for the Mets to avoid another bullpen catastrophe for the second consecutive day, Mickey Callaway decided to go with his two best relievers right now in Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson.
They both combined to pitch three scoreless innings. Only two hits were given up in those innings. Only one walk was issued and there was only one strike out.
Jeff McNeil made it 8-4 for New York in the eighth-inning on an RBI single.
Wilson Ramos’s 26-game hitting streak was snapped. He had a chance to continue his hitting streak in the ninth-inning, but Howie Kendrick robbed him off of a hit.
New York Mets Manager Mickey Callway held a team meeting before Wednesday’s game and the team responded well enough to get the job done.
Zack Wheeler (10-7) was the winning pitcher for the New York Mets. He pitched five innings and gave up seven hits and one run. Wheeler walked two batters and struck out three.
Anibal Sanchez (8-7) was the losing pitcher for the Washington Nationals. He pitched five innings and gave up eight hits and seven runs. Sanchez walked three batters and struck out two.
With the Chicago Cubs idle on Wednesday, New York is now 4.5 games back of them for the second wild card spot in the National League.
The Mets have 23 games remaining this season and it might be tough for them to get that second wild card spot. New York will have to go 17-6 or better to get in.
They will begin a 10-game home stand starting on Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies for three games.
Washington leads Chicago by three games for the first wild card spot in the National League. The Nationals will begin a four-game set on the road against the Atlanta Braves starting on Thursday night. Washington will play them for seven games in the next 10 days.