Washington Nationals drop 2022 season opener to New York Mets, 5-1 final in rainy D.C.


Requested earlier than tonight’s recreation if he had any message for baseball followers within the nation’s capital heading right into a season that’s seen by many as a rebuild yr for the Nationals, Washington’s fifth-year supervisor, Davey Martinez, rejected the concept there may be any rebuilding happening along with his membership.

“We don’t rebuild within the main leagues, we don’t,” Martinez defined earlier than the Nats’ 2022 season opener, reiterating a message he delivered when he spoke after the membership’s exercises on Wednesday afternoon.

“We compete,” he added. “And it’s all about competing each day on the highest stage, so hey, we bought nice followers, we actually do, they usually’re going to go on the market and see good baseball. We’re going to play good baseball each day, some days we’re going to win, some days you’re going to lose, you’ll be able to’t win all of them, however we’re going to go on the market and attempt to go 1-0 each day.”

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“We’re able to compete,” Juan Soto advised reporters. “These guys in there [in the clubhouse], they’re hungry to win, they wish to win.

“I feel this isn’t a rebuild group for me, only a group to return to the league to compete and we’re going to attempt as greatest as we will to be within the playoffs this yr.”

Within the season and collection opener with the New York Mets tonight, the Nationals dropped a 5-1 choice.

Patrick Corbin gave the Nationals a solid-ish although transient begin, throwing 4 scoreless on a complete of 61 pitches to begin the season, however a bunt single, stroll, and floor ball hit loaded the bases with nobody out within the fifth, and a hit-by-pitch on a two-strike slider pressured within the first run of the sport for both group, 1-0, and a second run scored, 2-0, earlier than Nationals’ reliever Victor Arano bought the house group out of the highest of the fifth.

Patrick Corbin’s Line: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks, 76 P, 44 S, 4/1 GO/FO.

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Austin Voth gave up two singles round a stroll and a run within the high of the sixth inning, with a two-out single by Mets’ heart fielder Mark Canha driving within the third run for NY, 3-0, and 4-0 on a two-out single to proper by Jeff McNeil.

Mets’ starter Tylor Megill, who had, “the fewest main league innings pitched (89.2) of any Mets’ Opening Day starter in franchise historical past,” bought the nod with Jacob deGrom (a stress response on his proper scapula) and Max Scherzer (pushed again to Sport 2 by a hamstring tweak) unavailable for the opener, and he tossed 5 scoreless on 68 pitches earlier than the guests went to the bullpen.

Juan Soto bought the house group on the board within the backside of the sixth inning, crushing a 96 MPH 1-0 heater from Mets’ reliever Trevor Might, and sending a no-doubter into the second deck out in proper subject for his first homer this season and the Nationals’ first run of the yr.

Soto’s shot, which traveled 428 ft to proper, made it a 4-1 recreation, however the Mets added a run off Machado within the high of the seventh inning, 5-1, which was the ultimate rating.

Corbin confirmed some enchancment. Soto confirmed off the facility. But it surely wasn’t sufficient within the season opener, because the membership went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring place and 7 runners left on base in a four-run season-opening loss.

Nationals now 0-1

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