Jon Niese was the star of the game but had some competition from Lucas Duda, David Wright, and David Wright's pinkie. Niese threw strikes all afternoon, shutting out the Phillies through 6.2 innings with five strikeouts and one walk. All five hits he allowed were singles. Bobby Parnell and Jon Rauch followed with 2.1 innings of scoreless, stress-free relief.
Wright couldn't grip a bat yesterday and went 3-for-5 today with a first inning bomb solo home run. What will that Mets medical staff come up with next?! He was seen in the dugout during the game squeezing what looked like a giant piece of Silly Putty, apparently to help rehab his pinkie injury. His slash line is a wonderfully gaudy .588/.636/.941.
Duda broke out of an 0-for-15 slump with a two-run home run and a double. The homer was a rocket to right field off Phillies starter Vance Worley in the fourth inning, immediately following a bases loaded double play by Jason Bay. It gave the Mets a 4-0 lead and some breathing room for Niese. Ruben Tejada singled home Whitestone's own Mike Baxter in the ninth to provide a final insurance room.