The New York Mets shutout the Washington Nationals 3-0 on a rainy Wednesday night. Justin Turner played the hero, again, driving in two runs in the 6th inning. Jonathon Niese rightfully earned the victory tonight, as the Mets won their 20th of the season.

 

Niese was a stud on the mound tonight.

Associated Press

The Scoop:

Jonathon Niese took the mound against Tom Gorzelanny in Game One of the miniseries. Niese pitched very efficiently on a night when rain could’ve ruined any pitcher’s game. He cruised through the first six innings, but ran into trouble in the 7th inning when he loaded the bases with two outs. Luckily, he buckled down through terrible conditions and retired the side without yielding a run. Jason Isringhausen relieved him with a scoreless 8th inning, and K-Rod closed the game out for his 13th save of the season.

On the offensive side, Jason Bay brought Jose Reyes home on a 1st inning sacrifice fly for the Mets first run of the game. In the 6th inning, Justin Turner gave the Mets a boost with two insurance runs off a deep double. The Mets lineup smacked nine hits and drew six walks on a very wet night at CitiField.

The Positives:

Niese Nice: What’s not to like about Jonathon Niese in tonight’s game? He pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing six hits while walking one and striking out seven Nats. He deflated his ERA from 5.03 to 4.39, and looked like he was in complete control of his pitches. Niese is now 3-4 on the season.

Big Bats: Jose Reyes reached base four times tonight and scored twice. Justin Turner doubled twice and drove in two runs. Scott Hairston finally broke out tonight, smacking a single and a double. These three combined for 7 hits in 11 at-bats.

The Negatives:

No Clutch Hitting: Outside of Justin Turner’s clutch hit, Mets hitting left 22 runners on base! On any other night, this would’ve been detrimental towards winning.

Bay Bust: Jason Bay is REALLY struggling at the plate. He has 4 hits in his last 33 at-bats, translating into a .121 batting average during that span. Sacrifice flies aren’t going to do it in New York when you’re getting paid big money, Jason…

Interesting Facts:

  • First start this season that Jonathon Niese did not allow a run.
  • Justin Turner has a modest five-game hitting streak.
  • Jose Reyes has 19 multi-hit games this season. He leads the National League with 59 hits.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to sweep their miniseries against the Washington Nationals Thursday afternoon at CitiField. Game Time 1:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Dillon Gee (2-0) 4.44 ERA vs. WAS Livan Hernandez (3-5) 3.92 ERA