It's little consolation for Stephen Strasburg that the Nationals scored two runs too late for him to get a win against the Mets today. But we're tied in the seventh inning after a little rally from the Nationals, and some poor defense from the Mets.
They scored a pair of runs in the sixth, though both of them were unearned after a Ruben Tejada error at shortstop. Josh Willingham and Ivan Rodriguez drove in the runs, and after Strasburg left the game following five innings of work, Drew Storen contributed two stellar innings of relief.
Strasburg finished the day with 96 pitches and 64 strikes, allowing two runs on four hits while walking three. Considering he threw 37 pitches in the first inning, he did an impressive job of composing himself and keeping the Nationals in the game. That's what you ask of an ace - to keep you in the game even when he's not pitching well. Credit Strasburg for doing that today.
Now the Nationals will have three innings to try and squeak past the Mets for their second win of the series.