When will Daniel Murphy just say “enough is enough?” When will he understand that the Mets have learned their lesson for letting his walk away? Well, not yet, apparently, because his big hit was the difference as the Nationals completed the sweep of the Mets Sunday night.
And it was the biggest hit he could have. Zack Wheeler quickly loaded the bases in the top of the first inning and then Murphy crushed a ball to center for the grand slam.
Michael Conforto, perhaps the Mets answer at leadoff, started the bottom of the inning with a homer of his own to cut the lead to 4-1. Conforto had three hits on the night to raise his average to .361.
Neil Walker made it a 4-3 deficit with a two-run job in the third.
Wheeler settled down after the first, not allowing any more runs the rest of the way. He went seven innings, allowing the four runs on four hits. He struck out six and walked two.
But Josh Smoker could not keep the game close, allowing a two-run blast to Ryan Zimmerman in the eighth as the Nats extended the lead to 6-3.
And that’s how it would end. The Mets now losers of four straight games. Damn you, Daniel Murphy.