Despite another great outing by Niese, and a valiant rally in the ninth, Ramon Ramirez let up five runs in the 12th and the offense failed to capatalize on multiple opportunities as the Mets dip under for .500 for the first time this season, falling to the Dodgers 8-3.
Man do I hate writing about games like these. In the midst of this awful, AWFUL stretch to start the second half, the Mets lose another by one end of the Mets pitching coming up short, this time the bullpen.
Jon Niese had himself a great outing for the second straight start, and for the second time in a row, it went to waste. Niese had good command of his cutter today as he went seven frames allowing three runs on eight hits while walking none and punching out three. The southpaw needed just 97 pitches to get through those seven innings of work, but left on the hook, in danger of falling to 7-5 on the year. That was, until the ninth.
Down 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, the Mets came up with Javy Guerra on to c...