The New York Mets defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Thursday night. Strong pitching and clutch hitting were the highlights of the game. The Mets are currently 30-32 this season as they head to Pittsburgh for the weekend.

Murphy is swinging a hot bat these days.

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The Scoop:

Jonathon Niese took the mound against Yovani Gallardo in the rubber game of the series. Niese wasn’t a strike machine, but threw well against a potent Milwaukee lineup. He pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and four walks. After getting into trouble in the 8th inning with runners on first and second and Ryan Braun at the plate, Niese was replaced by Francisco Rodriguez, who worked out of the jam. K-Rod would get a four-out save for his 18th of the season.

The offense got the job done today early, as the Mets plated four in the first five innings. Ruben Tejada singled in the first run of the game in the second inning. Later, Jason Pridie drove in Angel Pagan on a sacrifice fly to put them up 2-0. With the Mets up 2-1 in the top of the 5th, Daniel Murphy and Angel Pagan each singled in a run to take a 4-1 lead. Niese took that margin and rolled with it as the Mets were victorious.  

The Positives:

 Swiping Bags: The Mets had three stolen bases, each by a different player, none of which go by the name of Jose. This team is pushing the envelope which is a must when they aren’t hitting home runs.

Hitting: This Mets team has been hitting very well even in the absence of their corner guys. Tonight, they compiled eleven hits against their opponents four. They will score by any means necessary during this home run drought and, if that means stringing together a series of hits, I’ll take it.

The Negatives:

 None to speak of.

Interesting Facts:

  • Jose Reyes’ twelve game hitting streak came to an end. He hit .462 over that span.
  • After a rough 2010 season at the plate, Ruben Tejada is batting .328 through twenty games this season.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets head to Pittsburgh to battle the Pirates in a four game series starting Friday night. Game Time 7:05 PM on SNY.

NYM Dillon Gee (6-0) 3.33 ERA vs. PIT Charlie Morton (6-2) 2.52 ERA