The Mets now understand how important it is to preserve games where starters actually pitcher well. The Mets offense scored nine runs behind a terrific performance by Jon Niese. Niese pitched 6.3 innings, giving-up just five hits, zero earned-runs, four walks, and six strikeouts. The bullpen made it a closer game than it should have been (four earned-runs in 2.6 innings), but luckily there was enough offensive padding to trudge through. Josh Thole led the charge with three RBI, but Jose Reyes collected two triples. The win only brings the Mets up to four games below .500, but at least they took a game from the mighty Phillies.
METS GAME HIGHLIGHTS:
- Jon Niese pitched his heart out–hurling 6.3 inning, giving-up five hits, zero earned-runs, four walks, while striking-out six batters. It was his fourth win of the season.
- The Mets bullpen has taken a beating this series, and Game 3 was no different. Taylor Buchholz and Pedro Beato–usually two of the most dependable Mets relievers–coughed-up four earned-runs on six hits in juts 2.6 innings of work.
- Jose Reyes hit his seventh and then eighth triple, while chipping in a RBI.
- Justin Turner went 2-5 with his twentieth RBI of 2011 (and May).
- The much-maligned Jason Bay contributed two singles, and scored twice too.
- Dan Murphy broke-out with a double and two singles. He also had two run-scored, and recorded a RBI.
- Angel Pagan’s bat certainly hasn’t been rusty since coming off the DL. Pagan smacked a single, scored twice, and produced his seventh RBI of 2011. He has an interesting (but still solid) .333/.333/.333 line since coming back from injury.
- Despite the Mets hit-parade, Josh Thole stood out the most with a whopping three RBI off a double, and two singles.
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