The New York Mets lost the opener of their weekend series with the Braves by the score of 3-0 tonight in Citi Field.
Jonathan Niese got the start and really deserved a better fate this evening. The lefty allowed just one run, a solo shot by Jason Heyward, on five hits and a walk while striking out two. Sometimes all it takes is one bad pitch and that’s all it took for Niese to suffer the loss on the night.
The bullpen, which had been solid of late, gave up the other two runs; one by Bobby Parnell in an inning of work, and the other by Jenrry Mejia who hung a curve to Dan Uggla that he blasted over the wall.
Offensively, the Mets were rendered impotent by the Braves’ Paul Maholm who held the Mets scoreless for 5.1 innings while striking out six.
Atlanta used five relievers to pitch the final three frames with Craig Kimbrel finishing it off to pick up his 35th save of the season.
The Mets had plenty of opportunities to do some damage, but left ten men on base and went 0-11 with runners in scoring position.
Andres Torres left the game in the top of second inning with a bruised left knee after tumbling to the ground making a running catch. He was replaced by Jordany Valdespin. After the game it sounded like Torres will be okay and could play tomorrow.
The Mets continue their three-game series against the Braves tomorrow afternoon with Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 4.52 ERA) going up against Kris Medlen (7-1, 1.56 ERA) at 4:05 PM.
BROOKLYN CYCLONES WIN 4-0!
Hansel Robles threw a nine-inning complete game on Friday to lead the Cyclones to a 4-0 shutout victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades in Game One of the playoffs. It was the third nine-inning complete game in franchise history, and the first since August 28, 2010. Robles earned the win, allowing just four hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts. He has not allowed an earned run in 45.0 innings.
Pete was there and will provide full coverage in the morning including his clubhouse interviews after the game with Hansel Robles (Thanks to Melfi Zapata for translating!), Brandon Nimmo, Jayce Boyd and manager Rich Donnelly!
Before the game, Pete handed out Mets Merized Online buttons to the players and we got some nice pics of them on our twitter account @metsmerized. We are taking full credit for what Robles did as he wore the button for good luck!