Jonathon Niese went out and had a great outing, but the Mets defense continued to struggle in their 3-2 loss to the Padres
Jonathon Niese pitched seven and two-third innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, walking two and striking out seven. Niese had great control, and was victimized on two occasions by poor Ruben Tejada fielding plays, one of which led to his exit from the game in the seventh.
D.J. Carrasco came out, threw one pitch and got an out thanks to a great David Wright fielding play. Carrasco began the ninth as well and got out of trouble, only walking one and allowing one hit in his one and one-third of an inning.
The offense today managed three hits, but had nine strikeouts to six walks. The inability to square up pitches against the Padres made this game very dull from the offensive standpoint. Turner stole a base, and other then the walks…there wasn’t much offense.
Mets inability to throw out runners has been exploited yet again, allowing four steals including a double-steal in the eighth.
Lucas Duda – 1 for 3 with a walk, two RBI and a strikeout
Jason Bay – 1 for 4 with two strikeouts
Ronny Paulino – 0 for 4.
Tejada muffing the ball that would’ve ended the eighth.
Jonathon Niese. Pitched a great game, worked well into the eighth and was ONE play from getting out of the inning and staying in line for the win.
The Mets will be traveling to the West Coast to face the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Dillon Gee will face off against Ian Kennedy and game time is 9:40 P.M.