Nationals, Mets trade early home runs

NEW YORK - We’ve played two innings at Citi Field, and this is already shaping up to be a game where a couple of middling starters - Tom Gorzelanny and Chris Capuano - get battered. The Nationals have a 3-2 lead over the Mets in the second inning, by virtue of having one more runner on base when they hit their homer than the Mets did when they hit theirs. And neither ball was a cheap homer, either.

Gorzelanny left a changeup on the outer half of the plate and right in a level swing path for Carlos Beltran in the first inning, and Beltran blasted it to right for a two-run homer, which also scored Jose Reyes after Gorzelanny walked him to start the game. The left hander, making his first start of the season, has already thrown 43 pitches, though only 16 of those were in a 1-2-3 second inning where he struck out two batters.

And the Nationals have a lead because of a mammoth blast from Danny Espinosa in the second inning. With Wilson Ramos and Rick Ankiel having singled, Espinosa crushed an 86-mph fastball from Capuano to left center, clearing a 15-foot fence about 390 feet from home plate. The Nationals think he’s got the kind of power to hit upwards of 15 homers in the majors, and his first homer of the year was a convincing one. It was also just his third homer in 30 at-bats against left-handed pitching; more of his power comes from the left side of the plate, when he’s facing right-handers.

So it’s 3-2 Nationals headed to the third.