The Nats reserves rallied for three in the 3rd and five in the 8th as they pummeled the Mets, 9-5 to snap a two-game slide.
Stephen Strasburg made the start and gave up a run on three hits and two walks over three innings. He was awarded the win.
Manager Dusty Baker went Little League as he emptied the benches and trotted out relievers en masse as a total of 22 position players and eight pitchers were used in the game.
Six watchlist players and two pitchers appeared in the game. Here’s how they did:
• Brian Goodwin singled in Danny Espinosa to tie the game as Bryce Harper’s pinch-hitter in the 3rd. He singled again in the 5th to finish 2-for-2.
• Matt Skole subbed for Tyler Moore and went 0-for-2 with a walk and whiff.
• Pedro Severino replaced Wilson Ramos behind the plate and went 0-for-1.
• Spencer Kieboom followed Severino and was 0-for-2.
• Trea Turner subbed for Espinosa and went 0-for-2 with a run scored, a stolen base, and an error.
• Christopher Bostick doubled in the 8th and scored as he pinch-hit for Scott Sizemore and finished the game at 2B.
• Nick Lee spun a perfect 8th inning and earned a hold.
• Tyler Mapes let in one of two runners inherited from Jonathan Papelbon, “thanks” to Turner’s error but got the last out of the 9th.
The second cuts came just a day after the first with RHPs A.J. Cole and Abel De Los Santos optioned to Syracuse and RHPs Austin Voth and Wander Suero reassigned to minor-league camp.
The Nats head to the House of Mouse to visit the Atlanta Braves tonight. Tanner Roark is expected to start. The game can be heard locally on 106.7 FM.