New York Mets, Jon Niese Get Roughed Up Tuesday Against St. Louis Cardinals


Jon Niese Had A Second Straight Poor Outing, As The New York Mets Got Blown Out By The St. Louis Cardinals

The New York Mets were able to outlast the St. Louis Cardinals last night in 14 innings in the first game of their series, but tonight the Cardinals did not let it get that far, as they blew the doors off the Mets.

The Cardinals were able to score one run in each of the first four innings of the game, then blowing it open in the sixth inning with a six-spot. Every starter, including starting pitcher Michael Wacha, got on base at least once as the Cardinals pounded Mets’ starting pitching Jon Niese and reliever Erik Goeddel.

Randal Grichuk and Mark Reynolds each had three hits to lead the way for the Cardinals. Grichuk finished with two doubles and a triple, scoring one run and knocking in three. Reynolds had two singles to go along with his third home run of the season, scoring two runs and knocking in one.

The Cardinals tallied 15 hits in total, five of which were for extra bases as Kolten Wong had a double in addition to the damage that Grichuk and Reynolds provided.

It has been a struggle recently for Niese, who has surrendered a run in eight of his last 10 innings pitched. With that he has seen his ERA rise almost two runs, from 1.94 heading into his last start against the Cubs all the way up to 3.72 after Tuesday’s performance.

Tonight he just never got it going, as the Cardinals jumped on him early and often, as Niese finished with a final line of 5+ innings, giving up 11 hits and one walk, resulting in eight runs and only one strikeout.

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Against him, Wacha pitched well as he was staked to a lead the whole night. He was never in any real danger, as only Daniel Murphy was able to get to him for any runs, as he hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, which accounted for all the Mets scoring on the night. For the game, Wacha went seven innings, giving up only four hits and two walks, surrendering the two runs to go along with five strikeouts.

The Mets and Cardinals will play for control of the four-game series Wednesday night, as Bartolo Colon will take the mound looking for his major-league leading seventh win. He will be opposed by Cardinals youngster Carlos Martinez, who is 3-2 on the season with a 4.73 ERA.

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