“I really don’t know what to say about the five walks,” said Colon, who gave up five hits and three total runs. “I just felt a little bit different. I couldn’t quite get that comfortable grip.”
Combined, Colon and the Mets’ bullpen walked 11 batters and hit two others at Citi Field, with four of those free baserunners coming around to score. Baseball’s modern history has record of only 73 games in which a team walked at least 11 batters and plunked at least two. Those clubs have recovered to win only nine of those games.
The Mets didn’t come particularly close to becoming the 10th, mostly because Colon did not emerge from his control issues unscathed. Back-to-back free passes to Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper in the third inning led to a run when the next batter, Daniel Murphy, singled off David Wright‘s glove.
Murph plates Werth in the 3rd
WSH@NYM: Murphy opens the scoring with an RBI single
Daniel Murphy scorches a single past a diving David Wright in the 3rd inning to open the scoring and give the Nationals a 1-0 lead
Two innings later, Harper’s third walk of the game put Werth in scoring position, and Murphy’s groundout advanced both runners, allowing them to score on an Anthony Rendon single.
Rendon’s single plates a pair
WSH@NYM: Rendon rips a two-run single in the 5th
Anthony Rendon sends a ground ball through the hole for a base hit to score two runs and give the Nationals a 3-1 lead in the top of the 5th
Afterward, Colon said he was not trying to walk Harper, despite that becoming a popular strategy around the league.
“Bart’s got too good of command when he’s right,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “You can’t walk Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper to bring up Dan Murphy. You’re asking for your throat to be cut. And he did it two times in a row. That’s what baffled me.”
What didn’t affect his performance, Colon said, were distractions from his personal life. Earlier Wednesday, the New York Post reported that Colon has entered litigation in a child-support case, but the pitcher declined comment after the game.
“When I’m here doing my job, nothing else affects me, thank God,” Colon said. “I have nothing to add to that. I don’t really care to talk about my personal stuff.”
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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