The New York Mets were defeated by the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night in a 6-2 loss. The Mets looked like they were in line for winning back-to-back games for the first time in about two months, but couldn’t hold on to the lead. They continue to spiral out of contention.

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Initial Reaction:

Jonathon Niese took the mound against Jeff Francis in the middle game of a three-game set versus the Rockies. Both pitchers excelled, and Niese took a step in the right direction for one area. He hadn’t been able to start a game without allowing a walk since July 2nd. He avoided the base on balls tonight, which is always helpful for a pitcher.

Outside of the first inning, the Mets offense was dead, which didn’t help Niese’s cause, as the bullpen completely ruined his gem of a start.┬áThe Mets still lack a true 8th inning man…

Positives From the Game:

Angel In The Outfield: The team’s MVP drove in the Mets only runs of the game. Angel Pagan did it on a 1st inning two-run home run, which accounted for number ten on the season.

Niese Is Nice: Jonathon Niese pitched his second consecutive seven inning, one-run performance. This time around he allowed five hits with no walks and struck out seven batters. If the bullpen had held on, it would’ve been his eighth win of the season.

Negatives From The Game:

David Wright: The Mets third baseman is in a 2 for 33 slide, and received the golden sombrero 4 K’s. He’s killing the offense in the middle of that lineup.

The ‘Pen: Hisanori Takahashi and Manny Acosta were responsible for giving up a five-spot coming out of the bullpen. They blew the win for Niese.

Interesting Facts:

7: Mets hitters were struck out seven consecutive times at one point.

9: Grand slams allowed these season. They’ve hit none.

12: Scoreless innings streak came to an end for Jon Niese in 7th inning.

18: Innings streak in which Jon Niese did not allow a leadoff man to reach base was broken up in the 7th inning.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to bounce back against the Colorado Rockies in the wrap-up game Thursday afternoon at CitiField. Game Time 12:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Johan Santana (9-6) 3.06 ERA vs COL Jason Hammel (8-6) 4.38 ERA