Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 8/18/12
The Mets (57-63) defeated the Nationals (74-46) by the score of 2-0 tonight at Nationals Park. Finally, a quick recap that I can write with a splash of positivity behind it. Jon Niese against Edwin Jackson, a pitching matchup that had the chance to be something great, exceeded expectations. Jon Niese started and pitched masterfully through 7.1 innings, allowing just 5 hits and striking out 7. He did not walk a batter, either. He was pulled in the eighth after109 pitches in favor of Jon Rauch, who successfully picked up a hold by getting Werth and Espinosa. Frank Francisco came on for the save in the bottom of the ninth, and while the Mets fan base was having a collective heart attack, he pitched a perfect ninth with a strikeout for good measure to shut the door. The Mets kept the Washington bats stifled all night – holding them 0 – 4 with RISP. As much as I would like to say “And the Mets gave Jon Niese ample run support…” I can not. They mustered three hits throughout the entire game
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