Sanchez vs. NYM:
Three starts in his 16th season in the big league and third year with Washington, things haven’t gone well for 38-year-old Nationals starter Aníbal Sánvhez, whose third outing was a 5 2⁄3-inning, 108-pitch start in which he was scored for six hits (two of them home runs) and allowed six total earned runs in a 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
“He fell a bit behind the hitters today,” manager Davey Martinez asked where the veteran starter needed to make improvements after the outing against the Cards.
“So he has to – when he’s really good he works up front. He has so many different throws, so when he’s up front they have to worry about a lot of different things, but when he’s behind they know that he has to come and throw shots, so he has to work up front. His stuff is always good, really. His change is always good, really.
“His change is good, his curve is effective, he has sinker, he has a cutter, and we all know he has what he calls – mariposa – whatever, it’s still effective, but he has to start to work ahead.”
Sánchez threw 43 pitches in two scoreless to start this afternoon’s series finale with the New York Mets, but after erasing a first single on a double play at the top of the third, he gave up a walk of two outs to Francisco Lindor, ahead of Pete Alonso, who made him pay for the pass with a two-run shot to center field on a first-pitch slider, 2-0 Mets. No. 28 for Alonso this season, a shot from 411 feet.
Sánchez walked Brandon Nimmo to start the top of the fifth, but Nationals third baseman Ildemaro Vargas dropped a line drive to third off Starling Marte’s bat and threw it in an attempt to get at the least one force to the second. With runners in second and third places and no one coming out, the Nationals willingly walked Pete Alonso and went to the bullpen…
Narrator: It didn’t work out for Nationals (see below)…
The lineage of Anibal Sanchez: 4.1 IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 2KS, 1HR, 97P, 62S, 5/3 GO/FO.
Bassitt vs. DC Round Two:
Acquired from Oakland A last March, Chris Bassitt made his New York debut with six scoreless innings against the Washington Nationals on April 9, in a 5-0 Mets victory that saw the right-hander give up three hits and one. walking while hitting. on eight of the 22 batters he faced on the road in the nation’s capital.
Overall for the year, heading into his second start of the season against divisional rival New York, the 33-year-old had a 3.83 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 32 steps , 117 K and a line of 0.227/0.290/0.371. against more than 19 starts and 115 IP.
Bassitt threw two scoreless on 27 pitches to start the third of three for the Mets at DC, and he took the mound in the third up 2-0, courtesy of a blast from Pete Alonso, and worked around d a one-out single by Ildemaro Vargas for his scoreless third frame.
It was 6-0 when Bassitt came out for the bottom of the fifth and worked around a pair of one-out singles for his scoreless fifth frame, and he retired the team in order in a sixth of 13 pitches which left him at 75 pitches. total for the day.
Chris Bassitt line: 7.0 IP, 6H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 4KS, 94P, 70S, 12/2 GO/FO.
Jordan Weems took over for the Nationals with the bases loaded and one on top of the fifth, and gave up a grand slam on a 2-2 97 MPH fastball inside which Daniel Vogelbach hit 363 feet right for a towering home run and a 6-0 Mets lead after four and a half years in DC
Luis Guillorme and Tomás Nido hit back-to-back doubles* against Weems in the top of the sixth, with Guillorme taking third on an error from a Lane Thomas effort left on his hit, before scoring on Nido’s 7th double in 2022, 7-0 and 8-0 on an RBI groundout by Starling Marte.
[ed. note – “Guillorme’s ‘double’ was eventually, probably accurately, ruled a triple a few innings later. Thomas tried to make a sliding play on the hard hit ball, right as it reached the part of the stands which juts out, and he came up empty and had it roll by him.”]
Steve Cishek struck out three in a row after giving up a brace in the top of the seventh, and Andres Machado did the same in the eighth after giving up a single and a double in the top of the frame.
Hunter Harvey got the better of the ninth, and he gave up Jeff McNeil’s third double of the game, 3 for 5, 3 doubles and a run, 9-0.
New Mets reliever Mychal Givens gave up a home run from Keibert Ruiz that ended the shutout bid for New York, 9-1, and a home run from Lane Thomas, 9-2. No. 4 for Keibert in 2022. No. 10 for Thomas. Josh Palacios, Ildemaro Vargas (4 for 4) and then Victor Robles all followed with singles as well, with Robles leading in a run, 9-3, before Givens was finished.
Luis García led two others with just one new pitcher Seth Lugo, 9-5, but that’s as close as they could get…
Nationals now 36-70