New York Mets v Washington Nationals

The Mets' Epic Defeat Makes History

They get clobbered by the Nationals 25-4 — the team’s worst loss ever.

The New York Mets had a rough game for the record books on Tuesday night (July 31) in Washington, D.C. The team lost to the Washington Nationals 25-4, the worst defeat in the franchise's 57-year history. (Their previous most lopsided score was a 26-7 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1985.) “A tough loss,” said Mets manager Mickey Callaway after the game. “It’s embarrassing. We gotta do better than that.” Above: Mets third baseman José Bautista looking dejected in only the second inning.

DESPERATE FOR RELIEF Patrick Smith/Getty Images DESPERATE FOR RELIEF Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (left) only lasted two outs in the first inning, giving up seven runs before getting pulled from the game. The Mets would ultimately use seven pitchers total and give up 26 hits. Above: Matz gets relieved in the first inning. SERIOUS WIN Patrick Smith/Getty Images SERIOUS WIN Nationals star Bryce Harper celebrates with teammates after scoring in the first inning.

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SURPRISE PITCHER Patrick Smith/Getty Images SURPRISE PITCHER One of those relief pitchers was veteran infielder José Reyes, who was brought into the game as a last resort in the eighth. Reyes, 35, had wanted to get a chance to pitch in a game before he retired. He gave up six runs, including two homers, but at least managed to get out of the inning without another pitching switch. “When you get on the mound and before you throw a pitch, it’s fun,” he said after the game. “But when you start to see people hit a homer and stuff, you get more serious." Above: Reyes gives it a go in the eighth. TOO EASY Patrick Smith/Getty Images TOO EASY Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (a former Met) celebrates his home run in the second inning. Murphy would score two home runs in the game. STARK SCOREBOARD Patrick Smith/Getty Images STARK SCOREBOARD The 25-4 scoreline in Nationals Park. The timing of the loss was particularly harsh for the Mets because the trade deadline had just passed without the team making any major moves. According to the New York Times, earlier that day, the assistant general manager John Ricco said he hoped to be playoff contenders next year using their core group of pitchers. BETTER NOT TO LOOK Patrick Smith/Getty Images BETTER NOT TO LOOK Even the Mets official Twitter feed had the right emoji for the moment.

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