Mets’ youth movement on full display in win over Nationals
WASHINGTON — The future of the Mets was on display Tuesday night in Washington D.C. Together in a big-league lineup for the first time, Brett Baty, Francisco Alvarez, Mark Vientos and Ronny Mauricio didn’t disappoint as the Mets routed the Washington Nationals, 11-5, win at Nationals Park.
The version of Patrick Corbin that pitches for the Nationals (62-77) today isn’t exactly the same one who was a two-time All-Star in Arizona. Still, the Mets (64-74) have played it safe when it comes to Baty and Alvarez facing left-handed pitching at times during the season. It was also a test for the switch-hitting Mauricio. The reigns are off and all of them passed.
Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, his 22nd of the season, and three runs scored to come out of his late-summer slump in a big way. Vientos with 1-for-2 with a triple and was hit by two pitches. Baty went 1-for-4 with two RBI and Mauricio went 1-for-4 with one RBI.
Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso also homered, with Nimmo blasting two shots.
The Mets tagged Corbin (9-13) for eight earned runs on seven hits over four innings. He walked one, hit Vientos twice and struck out only two.
The Mets jumped all over Corbin right from the start, scoring four in the first. Alvarez’s three-run shot capped it off. They plated three more in the third with Lindor leading off with his 26th home run of the season. Nimmo homered in the fourth and the ninth. Corbin got through the rest of the fourth unscathed and the Nats went to right-hander Andres Machado to start the fifth and counter right-handed hitters Alonso, Vientos and Alvarez.
Alonso took the second pitch he saw 420 feet into the left-field stands. It was No. 42 on the season and the first baseman is now only three shy of the league lead.
Finally, the Mets were able to give Jose Quintana (2-5) a win.
Quintana, who has pitched excellent since his return from bone graft surgery on his rib, has been the recipient of poor run support. The left-hander was rewarded for his quality start, earning the win with a one-run performance over seven innings. Sam Coonrod, who was called up Tuesday to take Carlos Carrasco’s spot on the roster, had a tough eighth inning, but the Mets had a big enough lead to be able to withstand his four-run blowup.
The Mets will face their NL East foes for the final time this season Wednesday night.