Yesterday Jon Niese kept the streak alive with 7 solid innings and the offense took care of the rest as the Mets beat the Indians 8-4.
Niese won his third start in a row in his hometown (or close to it) and has proven to everyone that he has the stuff to be a solid middle of the rotation starter. In the month of June, Niese is Niese is 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA
"This is what we anticipated," manager Jerry Manuel said after the Mets tied a season high with seven doubles, two by Ike Davis. "We're built on pitching and defense. If we stay hot with the bats, we'll be a really, really good team."The offense was solid throughout, and each starter had at least one hit. The only down news was Jason Bay leaving the game with a thigh bruise that he received after another hustle hit. The hustle hits have been a staple of Bay's game all year long, but this one is likely to cost him at least one game.
"It knotted up on me," Bay said. "My left leg hit his butt. We'll see how I feel tomorrow."David Wright hit a key double to plate two. He now leads the National League in RBIs with 52.
|NL RBI LEADERS||RBI|
|1. David Wright, NYM||52|
|2. Troy Glaus, ATL||51|
|3. Albert Pujols, STL||49|
|4. Jonny Gomes, CIN||48|
|5. Corey Hart, MIL||47|
Angel Pagan finished the game with 3 hits and 3 RBIs--he looks like he's out of the mini-slump. When Pagan and Reyes are both hitting at the top of the order the Mets score runs in bunches--yesterday they did just that.
And finally, another tip of the cap to Elmer Dessens for pitching two innings to close out the win.
This is Mets baseball, this is your team, and this is why we endure...it's a magical run.
Enjoy your coffee!
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