In a game that looked ugly through the first seven innings, the Mets were able to put together a rally in the bottom of the 8th and plated six statement runs, as they pulled ahead, 8-6. K-Rod pitched a perfect 9th, for his 5th save on the season.

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Initial Reaction: Jonathon Niese matched up against Scott Olsen tonight in the 2nd game of the series between the Mets and Nationals. Niese was not very effective tonight, struggling with his control. The Mets though, battled back late in the game and were able to steal a victory from Washington. The game ended on yet another Ike Davis over the railing grab. He’s quickly becoming my new favorite player.

The Positives:

David Wright: Wright finally got on track tonight. He was 3-4 tonight, with two doubles. He looked comfortable at the plate, and took both of his doubles to the opposite field, rather than trying to pull an outside pitch. Hopefully this is what Jerry Manuel was talking about when he said he expects Wright to get hot and stay hot.

Jason Bay: Jason also had a three hit night tonight. He had an RBI and two runs scored. Along with Wright, hopefully this is the start of a hot streak for him. These type of come backs are the games that start lengthy winning streaks.

Rod Barajas: He’s becoming an everyday feature. Another two hits for Rod tonight, one of which being a two-RBI double that sparked the late game rally.

Pinch-Hitters: Pinch hitters were 3 for 3 tonight, including the go ahead RBI double in Chris Carter‘s first at bat as a Met. He looked like an “Animal” lumbering towards 2nd base, so I definitely see where the nick name came from.

Bullpen: After Niese left the game with one out in the 5th inning, the Mets bullpen pitched 4 2/3 innings without giving up a run. They are the reason that the Mets were able to make a rally. They stopped the bleeding and gave the offense a chance to come back. Raul Valdez earned his first career win.

The Negatives:

Jonathon Niese: Niese didn’t have his best stuff tonight. His official line was 4 1/3, giving up six earned runs on six hits, along with issuing five walks. Look for him to turn it around in his next start.

GIDP: The Mets grounded into three double plays tonight. They got away with it tonight, but that can’t happen if they want to be successful.

Interesting Facts:

3- Number of over the railing catches by Ike Davis so far this season.

5- Saves recorded by K-Rod. He now leads Big Pelf by 4 in that category.

450 feet- the length of Ike Davis’ 8th inning foul-ball-would-be-Grand-Slam.

What’s Next:

The ‘Getaway Game’ will serve as the rubber game for this series. Both teams are looking to win the series before heading out of town.

First Pitch- 1:10 PM SNY

Probables:

NYM Mike Pelfrey (4-1) 2.65 ERA vs. WSH Craig Stammen (1-1) 5.63 ERA