Jon Niese gets tonight’s proverbial game ball, with a stellar outing leading to the Mets taking the first of a two-game series against their last-place rivals, the Nationals. Niese threw seven shutout innings, allowing only six hits and even more impressively walking only one batter.
Jose Reyes and Justin Turner led the team offensively, as Jose racked up three hits and two runs scored, while Turner knocked in a couple of ribbies on two hits. The middle of the Mets batting order was silent, going only 1-10, and the team as a whole only had one hit out of twelve chances with runners in scoring position. However, three runs was enough to beat the Nationals as Izzy and K-Rod finished out the team’s first shutout of the season.
Wet conditions threatened to end the game early, but the umpire crew mysteriously let the players play on despite muddy conditions on the field. The following quote from Niese sums up the wet conditions, “I’ve never played in anything like that. It’s the wettest I’ve ever been pitching. Every ball the umpire gave me was wet. I had to do my best to rub them dry in my hands.”
Undefeated Dillon Gee takes on the ageless Livan Hernandez tomorrow afternoon as the Mets attempt to sweep the Nationals and take over fourth place in the division.
[Featured image courtesy of AP Photo/Paul Bereswill]