Jon Niese took the hill tonight to try get the Mets a W and he drew the tough right hander Ricky Nolasco. It didn’t start out well at all. Jon Niese had problems with his defense in the bottom of the first when Brad Emaus threw a slow ground ball to Davis that was late and failed to field a easy pop up that put a man on first with one out. After a double, and a walk, Niese was tested with a bases loaded in a 1 out situation. The end result was almost as every Met fan might expect; Logan Morrison hit a 2 run base hit and within 10 minutes of the start time of the game, the Mets were already down 2 runs. But Jon Niese didn’t let this rattle him.
Niese would cruise through the next seven innings holding the Marlins down while waiting for his offense to kick in. Over the course of the next couple of innings, the Mets would slowly begin to hit Nolasco. It started in the third when Thole led with a base hit and was advance to second by a sac bunt by Niese. Reyes would hit the ball on the screws to Center Field that would be caught but Thole would move to third bringing up Angel Pagan who would hit the ball deep to left but would result in a long third out. Niese really settled in and had his fast ball up to 92 and used his curve ball that really had the batters fooled.
David Wright hit his first home run of the season to lead off the top of the fourth when he connected with a outside fastball that he took to the opposite field. It took some really good defense from the Marlins to bail out Nolasco when his outfielders made 2 good catches from hits by Beltran and Davis. Brad Emaus got his first hit of his major league career when he hit a screaming ground ball that bounced off of Hanley Rameriz’s shoulder to lead off the top of the 5th inning but would be stranded on second base.
The Mets tied the game when Carlos Beltran hit a two out single in the top of the sixth and score on an Ike Davis double that was in the gap. Niese made the Seventh inning interesting by working around a hit batsman but he was brilliant, never losing his composure. He threw only 86 pitches over 7 innings. Bobby Parnell would come in and throw some heat in the 8th touching 99 on the radar gun- he struck out two batters.
The Mets took the lead in the top of the ninth when Nunez walked Davis(who was lifted for pinch runner Hu) on four pitches and when Duda got him to second on ground ball, Brad Emaus then moved him over to third. Thole, who was thrown out by Emilio Bonifacio on a base running blunder in the seventh, redeemed himself with a opposite field base hit giving the Mets the lead.
K- Rod made his first appearance of the 2011 season and coughed up the lead allowing the Marlins to score on a three base hits. Way to work your way to the option K-Rod!
Jose Reyes saved his first hit of the 2011 season for the best time, the top of the 10th inning. Pagan would lay down a sac bunt that would turn out to be a bunt single. With runners on first and second, David Wright would line up the middle for his third hit of the night and scoring his second RBI as well. Willie Harris would be the game out of reach with a double down the first base line scoring both Pagan and Wright.
Blaine Boyer would come in the bottom of the tenth to nail down the save not without giving up a run.
Side notes of the tonights game- Niese was real impressive, tossing 7 innings. It was very Un-Met like to see the Mets come back and score in the ninth and then in the tenth. I guess the last two years have really made me pessimistic of the come back inning. You just knew this first win wasn’t going to be easy right?