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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Flushing, NY (July 7) – The New York Mets were defeated by the Cincinatti Reds on Wednesday night by the score of 3-1. Jon Niese made the start and pitched 7 2/3 innings giving up six hits, three runs, one walk, and eight strikeouts.
Bobby Parnell struck out a batter and gave up a hit and Elmer Dessens pitched a perfect inning. Bronson Arroyo pitched eight solid innings for the Reds giving up seven hits and one run with no walks and three strikeouts.
Angel Pagan had two hits and an RBI, David Wright and Ike Davis each had a hit. Josh Thole had two hits and Jesus Feliciano and Jon Niese each had a hit. The Mets got on the board first in the first inning but that was all they were able to do against Arroyo. The Reds scored a run in the third inning to tie the game at 1 on a Brandon Phillips home run. The Reds would score two runs in the seventh inning to take the 3-1 lead and that would be all the scoring in the game. The Reds scored the two runs on a Chris Heisey solo home run and Phillips RBI double.
Niese didn’t pitch bad for the Mets but maybe his team thought he was Johan Santana, giving him no support at all. Niese has been getting great run support all year but on this night that support was not there. Arroyo always pitches well in New York and last night was no different. He got help from Heisey in the sixth inning tracking down what would of been a RBI double from Jason Bay. Arroyo said “The ball just rolled my way. It seems like it’s no coincidence, because it happens a lot here in New York. Sometimes you just get comfortable with a team. The Mets will have the day off Thursday and then take on the Braves in a battle for first place in the NL East. The games are all at home and the Mets currently trail the Braves by three games in the NL East.