Jon Niese was mediocre tonight. The Mets' offense was mediocre as well. The Mets' bullpen was pretty terrible. Combine those three aspects of tonight's game versus the Diamondbacks, and the result, a 7-2 loss, can hardly be surprising.
Niese's start was an improvement over his last few outings. Granted, he didn't exactly set a high bar for himself, but it's still worth noting. He struck out eight, allowed only two earned runs, and kept the ball on the ground. He also made a couple of nice plays in the field. On the other hand, he made an ill-advised throw to first that allowed an unearned run to score, and failed to register an out against the Diamondbacks 2-3-4 hitters in the sixth. The latter resulted in the home team taking a lead they never surrendered, though Niese did eventually finish the inning.
The Mets' runs came on a Michael Cuddyer homer in the second, and Eric Campbell's first hit and RBI since the Clinton administration in the fourth. Furthermore, for the vast majority of the contest, victory was well within reach for the Amazins. Carlos Torres, Jack Leathersich, and Erik Goeddel remedied that in the bottom of the eighth, though, when they allowed Arizona to bat around, score four runs, and put the game well out of reach for the Mets.
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