After several years of strong periperhals, this was supposed to be Jon Niese's breakout season. It looks like that's turning out to be the case. Niese dazzled in 7.1 scoreless innings of work, striking out seven, walking zero, and giving up just five hits. He threw 103 pitches, 69 of which were strikes.
For a little while, it looked like Niese's strong effort would go to waste, but Ike Davis hit a two-run home run against Edwin Jackson in the seventh to give the Mets a lead they would not surrender. When Niese left with one out in the eighth, Jon Rauch retired the only two batters he faced before Frank Francisco pitched a one-two-three ninth to finish the game.
We knew it was over when...
Francisco retired the side in the ninth because, well, LOLpen and all.
The Mets didn't do much at the plate as only Davis had more than one hit with two, while Mike Baxter was the only player with a hit in the game.
Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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