Mets snap a five game losing streak with an offensive outburst. Mets hit four homeruns in a game for the first time this season, from three guys who combine for thirteen homeruns on the season. Niese didn’t have his A game but the offense helped him and bullpen was decent. Mets outslug and out run the Braves in an eleven-seven win!
Jon Niese is at the point where usually where he starts to ware down and start to struggle in the summer. He had some nasty stuff in the first two innings, with his cutter, curve, and sinker. However, had himself a nightmare inning in the third, allowing five runs to cross. Of course a “What are you thinking” type play from Wright didn’t help when he touched a ball that could have rolled foul. There was a debate in the booth about letting him go into the sixth, but Niese’s pitches were such easy-hitters, it was good that he got pulled when he did. So a final line of five innings, ten hits, two walks, five runs, and six Ks. When the rosters expand, expect extra days rest for Niese to help him get to the finish line at the end of the season. Niese ends the night with a 4.12 ERA. Also got the W.
Tim Byrdak in the sixth inning, threw the first 1-2-3 inning in the game, also striking out two. Beato who hasn’t pitched since last Sunday, gave up a run on two hits and a K in an inning of work. Parnell, we learned wanted to be a firefighter growing up, threw some heat with one walk, one K in a hitless inning of work. Acosta gave up a lead off homerun to the red hot Uggla, but would work out the inning with no more runs allowed.
Well it looks like we finally got that big hitting Mets offense back. Tallying eleven runs on sixteen hits and four, yes count ’em, four homeruns. With every starting position player in the Mets lineup got a hit, and even some bench guys.
Reyes shaking off a starting slump with two hits, a run, RBI, walk, a steal of second, and a steal of third.
Turner had an unusual power night, hitting two homeruns (third and fourth of the season), one to right, one to left. Four RBIs, two runs, but also two Ks for him.
Murphy had his 300th career hit with a base knock in the first. This would be his only hit, but had a run scored. Tenth error for Murphy as well.
Wright had one hit, an RBI double in the first. Also had a walk and a run scored.
Pagan heated up tonight with three hits, two runs scored, a double, two stolen bases and a walk.
Bay had two hits, a two-run homerun being one of them. Eighth on the season. Three RBIs and two Ks end his night.
Duda and Hairston combine for two hits. RBI and run for Hairston as well.
Thole had the best night I think, three hits, double, second homerun of the season, one RBI, two runs, and a walk. Also threw out Bourn.
Nick Evans walked in his first AB since being DFA’d.
Mets fact: No Met has ever hit three homeruns in a home game. Not at the Polo Grounds, not at Shea, and not in Citi Field.
The whole Mets lineup. Great job boys!
Two rookies, Gee and Minor go head-to-head in a rubber match. Game time is 1:10 PM.