By Joe McDonald at 29 June, 2013, 2:36 am
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The Washington Nationals, like so many others this season, couldn't touch Matt Harvey on Friday night.
In seven innings, the New York Mets young ace held them to one run on three hits while striking out 11. But as it would turn out, all of those strikeouts may have actually served Washington well, because once Harvey came out at 109 pitches, the offense snapped back into action. In the eighth, Washington pieced together a big inning against four Mets relievers, punctuated by Ryan Zimmerman's bases-clearing double off of Brandon Lyon to tie the game at 4. Then, against closer Bobby Parnell in the ninth, Washington scored two more on Ian Desmond's double to win it 6-4 .
Any regrets, Terry Collins, regarding Matt Harvey's usage? ( Via the Associated Press )
''It's easy to sit here right now when we've lost the game to look back at the seventh or eighth inning and say you should've left him in or should've made this move or that move. It's a very easy thing to say,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Collins put down any suggestion that Harvey should've kept pitching.
''Yeah, I could've left him in. No doubt about it. I could've let him throw 150. Decided to take him out. I thought he had enough,'' he said.
Collins definitely did the right thing. Unfortunately for Harvey, he may have to get used to nights like these. At least until New York can reconstruct their bullpen.