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Niese pitched another solid game, one of his best all season, going 7 innings and allowing 1 run with 9 strikeouts.
The only run against Niese came in the 6th after he hit Heyward in the face. He had to come out of the game and most likely has a broken jaw.
Lagares collected his 11th outfield assist, tied for 1st in the National League.
Spelling Ike at 1st base against the lefty Wood, Satin hit his 2nd homerun of the season and was on base 3 times.
To get a full recap and boxscore, check out this link to SNY.TV.
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
Another day, another solid argument in favor of instant replay as a blown call at first base turned a scoreless 10th into an insurmountable 3-run blow. Extra innings have not been kind to the Mets this year and this one just left a bad taste in my mouth. The Mets clearly felt similarly as Murphy and Collins were ejected.
Outside of the vaunted “human element”, the offense was the big culprit today. With the Mets’ B-team (maybe C-team would be more accurate) taking the field, another weak day at the plate was hardly surprising, but it was no less frustrating. The team went 0-9 with RISP, with the lone run coming off a Satin home run. He had a great day, going 2-3 with a walk, making it tougher and tougher to play Ike against lefties. Murphy also had an eventful day with 2 hits and the ejection, coming off a rare display of anger on the field from him.
On the positive side, it was great to get another solid start out of Niese today. He had great results on his cutter and got most of his strikeouts with it. We didn’t see much of his offspeed stuff, but what he did throw, he used well to set up the cutter and fastball, which hovered around 90-91 mph, another good sign. He’s now 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA since returning from the disabled list and he’s looked like the Niese of yore. A health, effective lefty in the rotation is a huge piece going into next year and it’s looking more and more like that’s what the Mets are going to get. The only real blemish against Niese was when Heyward was took a 90 mph fastball to the face. Based on where the pitch hit him, he probably has a broken jaw, a big blow to the Braves. Citi has been a field of nightmares for them all season, first taking out Hudson and now Heyward. The incident definitely shook up Niese as he promptly gave up a run to tie it.
Hopefully the team puts together one of their patented tough-loss-bounce-backs and comes into this weekend’s series rested and ready to fight against one of the best teams in baseball.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra
The Mets are off tomorrow, but Friday at 7:10pm, they begin a 3-game series against the Tigers, with Carlos Torres (2-2, 3.00 ERA) facing Doug Fister (10-6, 3.63 ERA).