In last night’s 5-2 win over the Padres, Jon Niese allowed a run on six hits with only one walk and nine strikeouts in six innings.
Niese earned his second consecutive victory, improving to 5-6 while lowering his ERA to 4.25 for the season.
“I felt like I was able to locate my pitches where I wanted to, early,” Niese said. “And then late I kind of got away with a few things, but overall I felt good.”
Niese threw 111 pitches in his outing last night, his third highest total of the year. He spent nearly two months on the disabled list with a partially torn rotator cuff in his left shoudler.
“I didn’t feel anything in my shoulder,” Niese continued. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow. The signs point to it should feel great.”
Niese threw 83 pitches in his first start after returning from the disabled list last Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
“The only way he’s going to get back is to pitch,” Terry Collins explained. “After the fifth inning, I just thought if he could go out there one more time it’ll help him down the road here. Certainly he went out and did a good job. But he had to work hard.”
Niese has now won back-to-back games for the first time this season, and lowered his career ERA against San Diego to 2.04 in five starts.