Jon Niese gave the Mets seven strong innings today and Captain Kirk put the exclamation point on a rally in the ninth for a Mets win this afternoon, 3-2.
Run support is key for starters, and for a while, it looked like today would be another wasted strong start by a Mets starter. Jon Niese started and pitched for seven effective innings, allowing only 4 hits and 2 ER over that span, striking out 6 and walking none. Gaby Sanchez took him deep in the third and the second run crossed on a double play in the fifth. 62/94 pitches for strikes for Niese today, who is really earning that new paycheck. Ramon Ramirez took over to pitch the 8th and 9th and did not disappoint, allowing 2 hits and striking out two while keeping the Marlins scoreless. He vultured the win in this one, bringing his record to 2-1.
The offense, or the lack thereof, was the story for the first eight innings of the game. The Mets scratched out only one run against Ricky Nolasco in the first. A lead-off triple ...