The New York Mets were defeated by the San Diego Padres 3-2 in the finale of the four-game series. They only mustered three hits the entire afternoon, having more luck achieving six base on balls. Lucas Duda drove in the Mets only runs on a double in the third inning to put them up 2-0. Jonathon Niese pitched well but slowly lost the lead in the later innings. A botched play in the field decided the game as the Mets fall under .500 for the season.

Niese has all the right to look frustrated as an error costs him the game.

Associated Press

My Reaction:

Jonathon Niese pitched 7 2/3 innings this afternoon, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. He yielded only two hits through his first five innings, starting the game off very strong. I was fairly impressed with how Niese worked early in his start, throwing his pitches very well. If the Mets had hit better, he would’ve earned his 12th win of the season.

Ruben Tejada has never had this poor of a game in the field. I won’t worry too much about it since he usually has very nice range and a good arm. Recall last night when he made a terrific play in the hole and threw out a runner at first base. Of course, he needs to continue to show his defensive tools if he wants to prove himself as the future shortstop of this ball club. His offensive ceiling at the major league level isn’t high enough without the glove.

Interesting Facts:

  • The Mets pitching surrendered four stolen bases, all of which Ronny Paulino couldn’t prevent.
  • Ruben Tejada committed two errors today, one on a throw in the third inning and the other a misplay in the field that led to the deciding run scoring.
  • Justin Turner swiped his seventh bag of the year.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets head southwest for a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks starting Friday night. Game Time 9:40 PM on SNY.

NYM Dillon Gee (10-3) 3.93 ERA vs. ARI Ian Kennedy (14-3) 3.20 ERA