Jon Niese returned from his brief stint on the disabled list, to start today’s series finale against the Cincinnati Reds. His mound opponent was Alfredo Simon, who hadn’t made a start in over two seasons.
The Mets staked Niese to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning, on Ike Davis‘ one out double, and an RBI single to left field by Juan Lagares. That however, would be all the scoring the Mets would achieve this day. The were limited to just 4 hits by the combined efforts of Alfredo Simon for seven innings, and reliever Manny Parra for the final two frames.
Jon Niese kept the Reds scoreless until he surrendered the lead in the top of 6th inning. Three straight Reds singles leading off the inning, and a sac-fly by Joey Votto tied the game at one, and a follow-up single by left fielder Ryan Ludwick gave Cincinnati a 2-1 lead.
That would also end up being Sunday afternoon’s final score. The Mets still won the series over Cincinnati, but saw their record fall to 2-4 on the young season.
- Jon Niese pitched well overall. He put in 5.2 innings of work, allowed 2 earned runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and fanned 4 batters. He faced 23 batters, and threw 90 pitches, with 56 (62%) going for strikes.
- Out of the bullpen, Gonzalez Germen, Kyle Farnsworth, and Jose Valverde combined on 3.1 scoreless innings, allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 5 batters.
The Mets are off on Monday, and will begin a three game series against the Braves in Atlanta on Tuesday. Bartolo Colon is scheduled to open the series against former Met Aaron Harang. You can find Mets vs. Braves tickets available from Front Row Seats.