Niese Gets Hit Around, Phillies Beat Mets 9-4

An article by posted on August 23, 2011

Jonathon Niese had possibly his worst outing of the season, and the Mets offense could not figured out Phillies starter Vance Worley yet again in their 9-4 loss.

Game Notes

Jonathon Niese only made it into the fifth, but was completely ineffective today. Niese allowed eight runs on ten hits, walking one and striking out six, while allowing two home runs. Niese was effective until the third inning, and then he was rendered useless. The Phillies were drilling everything he was throwing, and by the time he walked his first batter, that would be his last batter. Hopefully this wasn’t fatigued and may have been attributed to the back tweak he suffered in his last start.

Pedro Beato came out, and allowed all of Niese’s baserunners to score, and one of his own. Beato has looked extremely overmatched and just not able to stop the bleeding. As the season is progressing you see Terry Collins working him into a middle-relief role. Ryota Igarashi & Tim Byrdak came out and combined to pitch a scoreless inning.

The offense tried to mount some offense early on, but was silenced for the middle innings and didn’t manage a run until a seventh inning RBI groundout. The first eight Mets accounted for five baserunners, and after that they didn’t manage one baserunner until a Nick Evans double. Lucas Duda sent a two-run home run out in the eighth on a ball that was absolutely skyed into the RF bleachers.

Angel Pagan made a HORRIBLE play in the outfield completely misreading a ball in both distance and side, coming in on a ball that sailed over his head and to his right.

As awful as the Mets were, only Wright & Bay didn’t manage to get at least one hit for the Mets.

Nick Evans – 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Not a bad day for Nick, and if he can prove himself capable offensively then maybe next year he can get a shot somewhere for the Mets

Turning Point

Jonathon Niese becoming ineffective in the third inning and pretty much being about as horrible as one pitcher can be for three innings.

GOAT of the Game

Jonathon Niese – Bad stat line not reflected by poor defense, inability to throw out runners or anything out of his control. Just a poor outing.

On Deck

The Mets will look to salvage at least one of the games from the series, sending Mike Pelfrey to the mound against the Phillies and Kyle Kendrick at 1:10 P.M. EST at Citizen’s Ballpark

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