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Trevor Williams, Stephen Nogosek spare rest of Mets’ bullpen

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Mets manager Buck Showalter credited Trevor Williams — who did not even pitch that day — in part for the team’s most recent miracle victory. 

If the Mets whip up more magic Thursday, Williams and Stephen Nogosek could be in line for more pats on the back. 

On Wednesday night, the long man and the new man (Nogosek made his season debut) emerged from the bullpen and spared the Mets’ most valued relievers by eating up a combined 6 ²/₃ scoreless innings in a 8-3 loss to the Nationals in Washington. 

Starter Tylor Megill had nothing for the Mets, allowing eight runs and recording just four outs, before he was pulled with a runner on in the second inning. The Mets were facing the prospect of a very long bullpen day that could expend reliever after reliever, the type of loss that could beget a loss the following day. 

Instead, first Williams and then Nogosek appeared, keeping the Mets close (which did not matter because their quiet offense never closed the gap) and sparing their bullpen mates. 

Trevor Williams pitches Wednesday during the Mets' loss to the Nationals.Trevor Williams pitches Wednesday during the Mets’ loss to the Nationals. Getty Images

“That was big,” Showalter said of Williams, who hadn’t pitched in a week, and Nogosek, who hadn’t pitched in 11 days. “I know there were some people in our bullpen who were pretty happy about it, and it presents us in a better light for [Thursday’s] game. 

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“Those are the types of things that good teams and teams with good depth are able to do. That’s not easy to do.” 

Williams allowed a single to Keibert Ruiz before sitting down five of the next six Nationals. He walked Nelson Cruz in the fourth inning, then immediately erased him with a double-play ball from Yadiel Hernandez. 

The righty pitched a perfect fifth inning before his pitch count (51) prompted Showalter to call for Nogosek, who was summoned earlier this week after pitching to a 1.69 ERA at Triple-A Syracuse. 

The mustachioed Nogosek did not allow a hit in three innings, and only two Nationals reached on walks. Neither reached second base. 

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