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Jon Niese provides a strong start as Mets even series with Nats

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Washington, D.C. (Jul 2) – The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals by the score of 5-3 this evening.  Jon Niese made the start and pitched seven innings giving up six hits and one run.

Niese walked none and struck out eight.  The eight strikeouts were a career high for Niese.  Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect inning and Pedro Feliciano struck out the only batter he faced.  Elmer Dessens pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up one hit and two runs with a walk.  Frankie Rodriguez got the save and he got only one out giving up two hits.

The Mets got a run in the first inning and then broke the game open in the fourth inning with four runs.  Alex Cora tripled home three runs and Niese would double home Cora to help himself out.  The score was 5-0 at that point but the Nationals would make it interesting.

The Nationals would score one run in the seventh inning on a Josh Willingham home run.  The Nationals would score two runs off Elmer Dessens in the ninth before they had to summon Rodriguez for the one out save.

Ryan Zimmerman walked, Ivan Rodriguez doubled, and Roger Bernadina singled home a run.  The single came off Rodriguez but the runs were charged to Dessens because he put the runners on base.  Ian Desmond singled home another run and all of a sudden it was 5-3 and the Nationals were threatening.  Bernadina was picked off second base to end the game, which just cannot happen, but it did and the Mets were able to escape.

The Mets will go for the win tomorrow afternoon but it will not be easy as they will be facing rookie phenom Steven Strasburg.  The game is being nationally televised on Fox at 4:10PM.  R.A. Dickey will be looking to bounce back from his last start where he recorded his first loss of the season.

The Mets are 45-35 and are two games back of Atlanta for first place in the National League East.  The Mets at this current time do lead the wild card.  The trade deadline is at the end of the month and the Mets may be looking to make a move for a starter such as Cliff Lee, I think that may be why you are seeing Josh Thole in the major leagues.  The Mets may want to showcase him as the Mariners are looking for catching help.

gmarchesej Posted by on July 2, 2010. Filed under Mets,News and Sports with Gary W. Marchese Jr.,Sports,US Sports. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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