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Instant analysis: Mets 2, Nats 0

Aug 19, 2012, 1:42 AM EDT

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Edwin Jackson struck out 11 but was victimized by Ike Davis' two-run homer.

Game in a nutshell: Edwin Jackson was brilliant, striking out 11 and carrying a shutout into the seventh inning. But Jon Niese was equally as dominant, scattering five hits without issuing a walk over 7 1/3 innings. In the end, this game was decided by a two-batter stretch in the top of the seventh: David Wright drew a leadoff walk, then seconds later Ike Davis sent a two-run homer into the left-field bullpen. And that was it. The Nats never managed to push a run across against Niese or a New York bullpen that boasts the majors' highest ERA (5.05). It was a surprisingly disappointing performance from a lineup that had been inflicting serious damage on opposing pitchers over the last month. And it was particularly disheartening given Jackson's fine start. Thus, the Nationals missed a chance to improve to 30 games over .500 and secure another series victory.

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  1. mick - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Zim had the only solid hit all night for Nats and the RF makes a great play. On of those nights, feel bad for Ejac, he was brilliant as Mark said. Morse did not see the ball at all tonight and Adam looked tired. Lombo could have given us a spark tonight

  2. mick - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    top of 9th… 6-1 Dodgers.. Braves had the bases loaded in 8th

  3. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Great pitching beat great pitching. Going to lose one now and then. No disgrace. Get 'em tomorrow. Series victory heading into the Barves series.

  4. baseballswami - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Again- strange night. It felt like we had a chance very early, didn't do it. They score in the space of about five minutes. Ejax and Mattheus both looked really good. I wish Desi had gone on a rehab assignment. Lombo was hot, there was no rush. A shut out at home. ugh.

  5. Secret wasian man - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Yuck, but it happens. Get em Sunday

  6. natsfan1a - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Well, at least the Dodgers won. :-)

  7. mick - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    swami… your on the same page with me… its hard to be critical of Davey, but, Lombo would have served us better tonight.

  8. mick - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    6-2 natsfan1a!

  9. Uncle Atom - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Too bad for Ejax, but thank you Dodgers!

  10. natsfan1a - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    I was clicking over to the LA-ATL game on MLB Network. after the Nats game ended. Seemed like every time I clicked over, a Dodgers reliever walked a batter. But all's well that ends well. :-)

  11. mick - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    At least we know Ejax is ready to roll the rest of the way…. that is a huge positive!!!

  12. natsfan1a - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    I missed the early innings, but Jackson looked great in what I did see.

  13. mick - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    natsfan1a Braves had bases loaded in 8th… I was thinking 6-6, here we go again, lol

  14. mick - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    42,000 plus tonight, I bet Danny Synder is fuming, lol

  15. natsfan1a - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Me, too, Mick. I turned over during that inning as well. :-)Going to try to get some sleep now as I have some things to do in the morning before heading to the ballpark. Good night!

  16. natsfan1a - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Er, me, too, on here we go again, not on fuming like Snyder, whoever that is. ;-)

  17. mick - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Natsfan1A, Good night and good luck… as the great Edward R. Murrow use to say

  18. mick - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    I think i get it now, lolololo

  19. SonnyG10 - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Well Poooo! Let's win the series tomorrow. Still 4 over the Braves.

  20. Drew - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Let's get 'em tomorrow.Something to feel good about: Danny Rosenbaum had a great outing. He threw seven scoreless innings for the win and gave up just one walk. Hope he finds the magic again.

  21. Gonat - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Highlight of my evening was hanging with NatsJack and Swift Eagle and the other NIs.At least the Braves lost.

  22. Scooter - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Good to hear about Rosenbaum. (Also good to watch/listen to the game on a tablet device out on a balcony, feeling the ocean breeze, the sound of the pounding surf competing with the play-by-play. But I wouldn't want to, you know, brag or anything.)

  23. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    I think NatsJack is more popular than Screech!

  24. Scooter - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Steve, I think you just won tonight's Low Bar Award!

  25. NatsLady - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Ejax was excellent. He walked the guy with a high inside pitch that almost hit him, and then I think he was tiny bit flustered, and with a .200 hitter up lost focus and that was all it took. He definitely could have done another inning, but he was upset with himself, chewing up his glove.The offense really had nada. We got BABip'd some, coupla line drives found homes, but no one was hitting into the gap. In a way, after we didn't score in the 8th and RZ's long fly was caught, I was glad because the last thing you want is to wear out the BP with an extra inning game before the Barves series. RZ made a GREAT play after the triple. It's possible, barely possible, that Bernie could have caught that ball for a web gem, but Werth had the best possible route, so I don't fault him. I think RZ's play gave EJax the momentum, knowing how he often has a bad first inning. Best I have seen him pitch. Mattheus also excellent, could have done the full two innings. Very late-arriving crowd. I was pretty sure it was a sellout, but had some doubts until the place filled up around the 5th inning. I like when they have a concert because there's no traffic jam leaving.

  26. sjm308 - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Just got home – was over in 235 around 6:20 & did not see a familiar face. Did see MichelleS at Justin's and quality time with my son. Besides that, phooey! Like that the Braves did not pick up a game. Love to see the series win tomorrow. Go Nats!

  27. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    Scooter, nah, low is saying more popular than Clint. Everyone is a fan of NatsJack. I miss you all. Wish I could've been in the lovefest.

  28. MicheleS - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    BLAH.. Just got back from the game. Edwin pitched really well (outside of th walk and the dinger) GHOST.. UNCLE, I GIVE UP ON SHEETS! Good to see the Dodgers figured him out!

  29. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    MicheleS, I got lucky on what I saw on Sheets. Batters need to sit on his fastball and kill it. it seemed just a matter of time. I'm more worried about Medlen and Maholm. Go Dodgers on Sunday

  30. John C. - Aug 19, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    Mark, they DID get a runner to third, and they DID have a good scoring chance in the very first inning. With one out Espinosa singled, then Zim singled to right so hard Danny couldn't get past second. Two on one out. Morse flies to deep right (had hope there for a second), Espinosa tags an goes to third. Zimmerman stole second, so a single would have put the Nats up 2-0. But LaRoche grounded out weakly to second base, and that was it. They didn't really do much else the rest of the night. That was one lousy high water mark for the offense.

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