New York Mets News

Niese, Mets Hold off Pirates, Win 5-3

By Chris Schubert

The Mets jumped out to a 5-0 lead on the Pirates but the Pirates wouldn’t go down without a fight. Even then, the Mets were able to hold off a late Pirates rally to take Saturday’s mid-afternoon game 5-3.

Game Highlights:

A quick start for the Mets offense as Eric Campbell got the Mets on the board to start the first with a double. Later in the inning a wild pitch would plate the Mets a second run and then a Kirk Nieuwenhuis single gave the Mets a 3-0 lead.

They wouldn’t stop there, as in the following inning Daniel Murphy singled in two more runs for the Mets.

A pair of bases loaded walks in the 4th inning got the Pirates onto the board and within striking distance. Neil Walker in the next inning got the Pirates even closer with a RBI single.

Besides the trouble in the 4th, Jon Niese looked very good and was able to muscle his way through six innings for the Mets.

Jeurys Familia pitched two perfect innings to get the ball to Jenrry Mejia in the 9th for the save. Mejia pitched a perfect inning of his own to get the save.

Other Notes:

The Mets wore some unique jerseys today to honor the Negro League Brooklyn Royal Giants. They looked like blue pajamas, but as the game wore on they grew on me and looked pretty good.

Jon Niese had a good start today. In 6 innings, Niese gave up 7 hits, 3 earned runs , 3 walks and 5 strikeouts on 98 pitches. Niese battled today and was able to go out in the 6th and get the Mets three outs.

Jeurys Famila has become something special to watch. He hasn’t allowed a run since June 10th.

Eric Campbell has played well in his two starts at third base. It’s good to see him get playing time, although this is not the circumstances in which we wanted that to happen.

Echoing something that Gary Cohen said during the broadcast, if Juan Lagares doesn’t win a Gold Glove this season then I don’t know what defines a gold-glover. He makes every play look easy and there rarely is a ball that he can’t get to.

Nice to see the Mets snap this little three game skid. Sooner or later you hope this team can rattled off a good stretch of wins.

Next Up:

The Mets and Pirates finish their series tomorrow afternoon with Bartolo Colon taking the hill for the Mets against Edinson Volquez for the Pirates.