The Angels gave the Mets a little taste of their own medicine last night. After a glorious Mike Pelfrey complete game, Angels youngster Tyler Chatwood spun his own masterpiece. Chatwood hurled seven shutout innings, stifling the Mets bats until the bottom of the ninth. Jose Reyes, Justin Turner, and Carlos Beltran knocked-in RBI in a comeback attempt, but reliever Scott Downs shut the door. On the other side of the mound, Mets pitcher Jon Niese was very un-Niese-like. The southpaw surrendered eight hits and five runs (four earned) in just four innings. It was obvious that the usually reliable Niese did not have his “stuff” against the Angels. The Mets are now two games under the .500 mark.
METS GAME HIGHLIGHTS:
- Jon Niese did not pitch well. Niese hurled four forgettable innings, giving-up eight hits, five runs (four earned), zero walks, while striking-out three batters. It was Niese’s shortest outing since April 7 this year.
- The Mets bullpen was a mixed bag. D.J. Carrasco threw a scoreless inning, and Pedro Beato contributed two of the same, but Manny Acosta allowed three runs (two earned) in two innings of work.
- Jose Reyes went 1-5 with a run-scored and a RBI.
- Justin Turner, who was playing third base, smacked a RBI-double (his 11th), but also made his fourth error. Turner has now made a throwing error in each of his last three games.
- Carlos Beltran went 1-2 with a RBI and three walks.
- Angel Pagan did not record a hit, but drew two walks.
- Josh Thole, who was starting his first game since June 15, collected two singles and a walk.
- Ruben Tejada quietly went 2-4 with a run-scored.