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Game Recap: Niese Pitches Strong, Offense Helps Out

By Chris Schubert

The Mets continued their march towards the end of the season, and hopefully towards a .500 record on Saturday when they took on the Braves.

They jumped out to a quick start, but let the Braves claw back into the game before Jenrry Mejia finished the job.

Game Highlights

The Mets wasted little time giving Jon Niese run support, as a Lucas Duda sacrifice fly in the first gave nice a run on the board before he even took the mound.

In the second, the youngster Dilson Herrera would add to the lead with a two-run home-run.

Curtis Granderson would add a home-run of his own to the stat-sheet, pushing the lead out to 4-0 Mets.

The sad news on the day was Dilson Herrera leaving early due to an injury, which ended up being a quad-strain.

But the Braves wouldn’t go down without swinging.  Notable Mets killer Freddie Freeman hit a two-run single putting the Braves within two.

Other Notes

Niese’s final line was as follows: 7.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO on 95 pitches.

Niese has really battled since his injury earlier in the season. While it seems like it still is affecting him, he goes out their and fights for his team every time. Nice to see the team reward him with a victory.

Since being called up, Dilson Herrera has shown a ton of promise as a prospect and as an impact-player for next season.  Sad to see that his season more than likely ended today.

No need for the Mets to risk anything regarding Herrera, especially with only eight games remaining in the season.

Mejia saved his 27th game of the season, but this team without a huge celebration afterward.

Player of the Game: Jon Niese, who battled for seven innings today and earned a victory for his team today.

Next Up

The Mets and Braves go again tomorrow, as the season winds down. Jacob deGrom continues his campaign for National League Rookie of the Year, against Ervin Santana for the Braves.