Jonathon Niese was strong all game, and the offense managed to win with small ball, as has been the recent method and the Mets won the game 4-1 and also took the series on the road.
Jonathon Niese had his third straight quality outing today, going seven and two-thirds while allowing one run on three hits, walking four and striking out eight. Although the walks don’t look flattering, they were each to the Brewers best hitters (Braun, Fielder, Weeks) innings apart. Niese was removed in the eighth after getting two men on with a walk and a single.
Today, the bullpen disaster was just K-Rod, and he wasn’t much of a disaster today actually. K-Rod would earn the save, going one and one-third innings, giving up one hit and striking out two. The hit he gave up was to possible new Mets nemesis Prince Fielder, who scorched the ball the whole series.
Today the pen got some much deserved rest to refocus and see what they could do. I am still wondering, why is Manny Acosta up here at all? The day to pitch him wouldve been yesterday, up four. Even pitching him before Dale Thayer, who only throws a fastball it seems.
The offense today wasn’t about the big hits, notching only one XBH (Angel Pagan triple) and playing small ball to manufacture runs, as well as the stolen base. An RBI single in the first by Ruben Tejada helped put the Mets on the board, and a Jason Pridie sac fly in the fourth scoring Angel Pagan made the score 2-0. After a Prince Fielder RBI double made the game 2-1, the Mets decided to rally the offense there, knocking out Yovanni Gallardo in the process. An RBI hit by Daniel Murphy scored Justin Turner while allowing Beltran and Murphy to advance to third and second respectively. Last, an Angel Pagan RBI single scored Beltran who would amount to be the final met to score on the day
Jose Reyes – 0 for 5 with a strikeout. No-Se?
Josh Thole – 1 for 4, looking a little better at the plate offensively. Defensively, still a toss up.
Carlos Beltran – 2 for 4 with a run, a walk and a strikeout. If i were to tell you two months ago Carlos Beltran would have the most games played of any Met up to this point, would I have been believed?
The fifth inning eruption/the fight of Jonathon Niese. The combination ensured the Mets wouldn’t lose a low-run support game, or the bullpen wouldn’t get a chance to truly mangle it
The game ball today is going to Jonathon Niese. The offense was good, but Niese allowed seven baserunners total, and only three on contact (Ryan Braun infield single, SMH).
The Mets will travel to Pittsburgh tonight and face off against Charlie Morton and the Pirates. Dillon Gee will take the mound for the Mets and go for his seventh win of the season. Game time is 7:05 P.M.