Michael Morse, in his 291st at-bat of the season, hit his 15th homer of the year. And like yesterday's homer, the blast today packed plenty of force. Morse banged a shot off the facing of the left field upper deck at Citi Field, pulling the Nationals within a run of the Mets.
Morse is now out of the game for a defensive replacement (Willie Harris) in the sixth, and unless he's injured, I don't see the rationale behind it. He's driven in the Nationals' only two runs this weekend with homers, and would have gotten at least one more at-bat in this game. Instead, the Nationals now have Harris hitting fourth in a lineup that's already missing Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn.
Yunesky Maya is done after allowing two runs in five innings. He's gone after 83 pitches, having struck out four and allowed six hits in that time. He finishes the year with a 5.88 ERA in five starts, and will end it without a win.
UPDATE AT 3:36 PM: Morse was indeed injured; he was taken out because of a sore left hamstring. So that would put some rationale behind the move.