Niese was very shaky in the 1st inning, allowing 2 runs, but then cruised through the next 6 innings, and Terry Collins was heavily criticized for taking him out after 7 innings and only 86 pitches. Parnell worked a scoreless 8th, and the Mets took the lead in the 9th inning behind a big hit by Thole, who had a poor day up until that point.
K-Rod looked good in the 9th inning, but made it interesting as always and blew the save, allowing the tying run to score. He threw 27 pitches, so will he be available tomorrow? I say yes, because of the off day on Monday as they travel to Philadelphia.
Reyes lead off with a single, and I hated having Pagan bunt, but he succeeded and got on base (due to poor Marlins defense), allowing D Wright to rope a single up the middle plating Reyes for the go-ahead run. Willie Harris then came through with a huge 2-out 2 RBI, and T Collins pinch hits for K-Rod so he doesn't get credit for a "game-finished." B Boyer gets his 2nd major league save. All around, a perfect scenario, both short and long-term for the Mets.
Game MVP split 3-ways between D Wright, J Niese, and W Harris
|3 hits including a HR and 2 RBI|
|7 innings, 2 earned runs, 4 hits, 1 walk|
|Big 2-RBI hit in the top of the 10th.|
Mets try to win the series tomorrow afternoon, R.A. Dickey vs Javier Vasquez, 1:10.