Jonathon Niese was abused in his final outing of 2010, but the Mets offense came to his rescue.
Jonathon Niese had his second straight poor outing, and leaves a sour taste in his mouth exiting the 2010 season. Jonathon went two and two-third innings, giving up six runs on ten hits with no walks and three strikeouts. His location was off after the end of the second inning, throwing everything down the middle. Was this probably general fatigue? Yes. Should he have been done for the year? Probably. Does it matter? No.
The bullpen had another long day today, with Ryota Igarashi making his first appearance since September 10th and pitching one and one-third innings of perfect baseball, striking out one. Raul Valdes came out and pitched one and two third innings, giving up one hit and walking one. Sean Green finished the sixth inning with a strikeout. Green has been pitching much better recently, striking out many batters thanks to his slider spinning. Elmer Dessens pitched the seventh inning, giving up two hits. Pedro Feliciano walked one, and he scored when Manny Acosta allowed two hits and two runs. Hisanori Takahashi had to stop the bleeding, giving up a hit and striking out one over one and one-third innings.
The Mets offense erupted in the fourth inning, after Chris Carter knocked in Lucas Duda and David Wright in the second inning, when Jose Reyes tripled over the head of RF’er Corey Hart, scoring Jesus Feliciano then scoring himself on a throwing error by Rickie Weeks. Lucas Duda then proceeded to crush a ball to right field, his third of the season. Lucas has 13 hits this season, eight of them for extra-bases. Angel Pagan would hit a single, and David Wright crushed a ball to nearly dead-center, scoring Pagan and putting him over 100 RBI for the fifth time in his career.
Ike Davis, 0-2 with three walks and a strikeout. Ike has been seeing the ball much better in September.
Mike Nickeas, 2-4. Possibly seeing 2011’s backup backstop.
Jose Reyes, 3-5 with three extra-base hits, a run scored and one RBI.
When Jonathon Niese was rendered useless in the third inning.
Goes to the fan, but tip of the hat goes to David Wright for notching his fifth 100 RBI season
….R.A. Dickey is pitching as I type this in the second game of the double-header. Tommorrow, Dillon Gee faces Chris Narveson at 7:10 P.M. to close the series.