The New York Mets were defeated by the Atlanta Braves in a tough 6-3 loss on Friday night. Jonathon Niese exited the game with the lead only to end up with a no-decision. Atlanta piled on three runs in the top of the 9th versus Francisco Rodriguez to seal a victory.

 

K-Rod not too happy after his second loss of the season.

Associated Press

The Scoop:

Jonathon Niese took the mound against Derek Lowe in the opener of the weekend series. Niese pitched a solid 7 2/3 innings, allowing only two runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out seven. This was one of his best starts of the season and it was his third effective start in his past four outings. After being handed a 3-1 lead in the 4th inning, Niese cruised until the 8th inning when he allowed a solo shot to Met-killer Larry Jones. He was soon after pulled from the game. The bullpen completely failed to sustain a lead or tie for much long. Izzy and K-Rod were the culprits tonight. The Mets lost a really tough one in the late innings against their NL East division rivals.

The Positives:

Jonny Boy: Jonathon Niese was in a groove on the mound tonight. After allowing the first run of the game in the top of the second, he shrugged that off and pitched brilliant through the seventh inning. By the eighth inning, he was clearly tired and Chipper got a pitch to crush. Tough luck for the kid.

Three-run 4th: The Mets offense lifted Niese with a very productive 4th inning, in which three runs were driven in on three separate singles. Carlos Beltran put the Mets on board driving in Jose Reyes. Daniel Murphy followed up with an RBI single of his own. Even Angel Pagan was able to drive in Jason Bay to give the Mets a 3-1 lead in the 4th.

The Negatives:

Bullpen: Jason Isringhausen relieved Jonathon Niese in the 8th inning and got himself into trouble that he unfortunately couldn’t fix. The Braves were able to tie it up and, in the 9th, K-Rod let up three more runs to fall behind 6-3.

Reyes Error: It proved to be very costly in this tight ballgame. Jose Reyes had a routine ground ball skip right under his glove with a runner on second. If handled correctly, Jason Isringhausen would’ve gotten out of the inning, but the tying run came across. Reyes has got to be shaking his head after that play. Baseball is a game about fundamentals.

Interesting Facts:

  • Braves CF Jordan Schafer bunted a ball into his cheek in the 5th inning. Needless to say, he was taken out of the game.
  • Francisco Rodriguez has allowed a total of seven runs this week.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to even the series against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night at CitiField. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Dillon Gee (5-0) 3.83 ERA vs. ATL Jair Jurrjens (7-1) 1.51 ERA