Happy Niese-ter everybody! How SWEEP it is! The New York Mets (3-0) beat the Atlanta Braves (0-3) by the score of 7 to 5 today at Citi Field.
Jon Niese, who just received a five year deal with team options for a sixth and seventh season, was awesome today. He threw a no hitter through six innings, before letting up two earned runs (two unearned) oh two hits in the seventh inning. His final line was 6+ innings, four runs, two hits, four walks, and seven strikeouts.
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Manny Acosta allowed a run in 1 2/3 innings, Tim Byrdak came in for one scoreless out, and Frank Francisco pitched a perfect ninth to earn his third save of the season. Francisco is the first Met to ever record three saves in the first three games of the season.
The Mets’ hitting today was great (for the most part). Ruben Tejada had a career high four hits, two of which were doubles, finishing the game 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Daniel Murphy had another great game at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI.
Jason Bay had an RBI and got a hit today. He went 1-for-2, bringing his average up to .222.
The main problem with today’s game was a lack of communication. Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis collided on a routine fly ball. Ruben Tejada and Ronny Cedeño, who replaced Daniel Murphy for defense, also collided on a routine play. Luckily, in both instances the Mets recorded outs. But, I guess it will only take time for these players to get used to playing together. Duda is obviously not a very good defensive outfielder, but you’ve got to let the center fielder get that ball. I’m pretty sure I saw Kirk Nieuwenhuis call for the ball too. About the Tejada-Cedeño situation… That should NEVER have happened. They are both good defensive middle infielders… Come on…
Lucas Duda also literally missed a routine fly ball in right field.
Overall, today’s game was a good one. I was there with MetsOnline’s Anthony Koka, who, by the way, took great pictures of the Mets which you will see on the blog later.
Tomorrow, the Mets have another big game because Mike Pelfrey is on the mound, and he needs to prove to Mets fans that he can be a good pitcher again. The game will be at 7:10 PM against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Edwin Jackson will be on the mound for the Nats.