Baseball is, generally, a low-scoring game.
Occasionally, there will be slugfests that finish with scores in double-digits.
Usually, when a team gets “blown out” in baseball, it’s 7-0 or 9-1... something of that variety. Every now and then, we’ll see a 10-plus run rout, but that’s usually in little league or, maybe, high school.
Rarely do we ever see a major league baseball team get absolutely obliterated by an opponent, but that’s exactly what happened on Sunday afternoon.
On Sunday, April 30, 2017, it was NOT a good day to be a New York Met.
In contrast, it was an absolutely WONDERFUL day to be a Washington National.
It wasn’t all terrible for the Mets, however. They struck for a run in the top of the first inning ... but it all went downhill from there.
The Nationals proceeded to churn out 23 runs on 23 hits, and saw a mind-boggling 202 pitches from Mets pitchers.
Washington scored in every single inning, except the second, and put up more than one run in five of the eight innings that they hit.
Third-baseman Anthony Rendon was a one-man wrecking crew, for the Nats, going a perfect 6-for-6 at the plate with three home runs, a double, and a pair of singles. He drove in an incredible 10 runs by himself, and scored five runs.
Insanely enough, only one of the Nationals’ runs came unearned.
Normally, when you hear of a team putting up that kind of number in the runs department, it usually comes at the hands of some pretty sloppy defensive play from the opponent.
New York only made two errors in the contest. Two errors does not accumulate 23 runs.
I’ve seen this kind of thing happen, but it’s not often.
I didn’t actually watch this game. Honestly, I probably would’ve turned it off pretty quickly if I had turned it on, but I almost dropped my phone when I opened up my Twitter app and saw it.
These guys are professionals. Professional pitchers don’t get banged around like this. Typically, if a pitcher is getting rocked, getting a guy ready to go in the bullpen is the perfect remedy to, at least, slow down the opponents’ bats.
The problem was that the Nats were shelling everyone that the Mets threw at them.
Stud starter Noah Syndergaard only made it through 1.1 innings and gave up five earned runs on five hits and two walks.
Sean Gilmartin came in and lasted longer than any of the five total Met pitchers, giving up five runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings of work.
Fernando Salas, Josh Smoker and Kevin Plawecki finished off the march of death during the final four innings by giving up a combined 13 runs on 12 hits, including five home runs.
So, for you kids out there who might find yourselves on the wrong end of a tail-kicking from time-to-time ... keep your chin up.
It even happens to the pros.