The New York Mets bounced back after a rocky start to the season with two wins in a row. The series featured a great outing by sophomore Jon Niese, a no-run effort by R.A. Dickey, Brad Emaus’ first major league hit, skipper Terry Collins’ first win since 1999, and many more fine moments.
In game two against the Marlins, the Mets won a hard-fought, extra-inning battle. Jon Niese pitched brilliantly, throwing 7 innings while giving up 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts. David Wright hit his first home run of the season, knocking in 2 RBI, and scoring twice himself. Willie Harris even came off the bench to deliver a two-RBI double to spark the Mets offense. Francisco Rodriguez got the first two outs with ease in the 9th, but sent the game into extra-innings after surrendering 3 hits and 1 earned run. However, the Mets offense came together in extras–a rarity in 2010–and pulled away with the victory. The final score was 6 to 4.
Unlike game two, the Mets sealed game three from the start. R.A. Dickey picked up where he left off last season, hurling 6 shutout innings with 5 hits, 3 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Dickey was single-handed supported by Willie Harris’ and Ike Davis’ home runs. The Mets chased Marlins starter Javier Vazquez for 6 hits, 4 earned runs, and 5 walks in just 2.3 innings–though the Marlins defense didn’t help the cause, with 3 errors in the field. The Mets took the series finale 9-2.
Other series notables: Josh Thole went 4-9 with a double, and 3 walks (1 intentional), Brad Emaus picked up his first major league hit, and Manager Terry Collins won his first game since 1999.
The New York Mets will take on the Philadelphia Philles in Philadelphia starting on Tuesday.