On nights when we're otherwise disposed and/or watching another sporting event taking place at the same time as a baseball game we have particular interest in (personal, professional, or otherwise), we like to watch the MLB.com Condensed Game recap of individual games. If you don't know who won going in, it can be a surprisingly tense experience, the dramas and mini-operas crammed together into a fifteen-minute package. This morning, we did that with last night's Mets-Nationals game. We had no idea who won but plugged it into the Condensed Game to check it out. That game was way, way too crazy for nineteen minutes, 25 seconds.
The Mets ended up losing 7–6 in twelve innings, in one of those games in which you sorta feel someone should have stopped it after 11 and said, "All right, you both lose." Both teams blew multiple leads and made an assortment of errors, mental and otherwise, and neither deserved to end up in first place at the end of the night, which, thanks to the Braves' win over Miami earlier in the night, was what ended up being at stake. Actually, you could probably just start watching in the eighth inning, when the Mets took a 4–3 lead on a two-run "triple" by Andres Torres, which led to all sorts of madness.
The craziest — and most infuriating — for Mets fans was yet another bullpen headache, when Elvin Ramirez walked Nationals reliever Ross Detwiler in the bottom of the twelfth. That was ultimately the precursor for a Bryce Harper walk-off single, his first big hero moment in a career that one senses is going to get him booed in Flushing many, many times. But we can't cover it all; it was a vintage You Can't Predict Baseball night.
And, unfortunately for Mets fans, it ended with a second loss in a row, one that puts the Mets a game-and-a-half out of first place rather than a half-game up. It also makes it that less likely that we'll have a first-place faceoff in the Subway Series this weekend. Though the Mets still have two more with the Nats, and there's still time. As much as it might not seem so, after watching that whole Condensed Game recap (and we have no idea how all of you handled it in real time), last night only counted as one loss. Bet Mets fans still remember it in September, though.