Jonathon Niese really labored through four innings tonight against the Phillies, and was pounded for eight runs on ten hits. This was by far, his worst outing of the year. His four innings pitched and eight runs allowed were both season highs. He dropped to 11-11 on the season with this loss.
However, Niese was not the only one at fault in this game. The Met offense had quite a few early opportunities to jump on the Phillies early, but couldn’t pull it off. In the first, the Mets loaded the bases with two outs, but Nick Evans struck out to end the inning. Then, in the second inning, Josh Thole singled and Justin Turner doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs. However, Vance Worley stopped the Mets from scoring again by striking out Jonathon Niese, Angel Pagan, and Ruben Tejada in order to end the frame. Worley shut the Mets down in the rest of his seven innings, allowing only one run.
The Phillies jumped on poor pitching by Niese in the middle innings, scoring four in the third on a solo shot by Shane Victorino and a three-run blast by John Mayberry Jr. to put the Phils up 4-0. They scored again the net inning on an RBI single by Placido Polanco, and then four more in the fifth on a sac fly by Wilson Valdez, an RBI single by Vance Worley, and a two-run triple by Shane Victorino to blow the game open. Niese pitched the first part of that inning, but left the bases loaded for Pedro Beato, who allowed each of the runs to score. After Beato, though, the bullpen was very solid. Beato actually wasn’t horrible, besides the fact that he let all of the inherited runners from Niese score. He allowed just two hits, but “ate” two innings to give the bullpen a little more rest after Niese’s bad start. Ryota Igarashi, Tim Byrdak, and Bobby Parnell finished off the game without allowing a run.
In an attempt to come back like they did on Saturday, the Mets mustered up a couple of runs late, scoring four in total in the last three innings, two of them coming via a Lucas Duda home run, his seventh home run of the season.
Not a great game to watch. Seeing the Mets fall behind early and blow so many chances is so depressing. And here’s some more depressing news from after the game:
Great, just great. We were thinking that this season is the real development year for Niese, one where he coulld work through all f his problems. There is a positive spin you could put on this. At least Niese won’t pitch so many innings now right? I don’t know the severity of this injury, and I’m not a doctor, but I know it will probably mid-September when we see Niese back with the Mets.