April 14, 2012: Niese Leads Shutout of Phils

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Date: April 14, 2012
Mets starter: Jon Niese
Mets: 5
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Jon Niese
Key player(s): Jon Niese, David Wright, Lucas Duda
Key play: Wright’s home run in 1st, Duda’s home run in 4th

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played the middle match of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Jon Niese and a pair of relievers teamed up for a 5-0 Mets win.

Phils’ starter Vance Worley retired the first two batters in the top of the first inning. David Wright followed with a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Worley got Ike Davis on a foul pop-up to third baseman Placido Polanco for the inning’s final out. Polanco and Jimmie Rollins got back-to-back singles against Niese with one out in the bottom half. Niese then got Hunter Pence on a ground ball to shortstop Ruben Tejada for an inning-ending double play.

Worley and Niese each pitched scoreless ball in the second and third innings. Daniel Murphy drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth. Consecutive singles by Wright and Davis loaded the bases for the Mets. Jason Bay followed with a grounder to shortstop Rollins for a double play on which Murphy came home. Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled and Josh Thole drew a walk. Worley retired Niese on a ground ball back to the mound to end the inning. Jon then set down the Phillies in order in the bottom half.

In the fifth and sixth, Worley and Niese allowed two hits each in hurling scoreless ball. Philadelphia reliever David Herndon shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. Niese issued a walk to Ty Wigginton with one out in the bottom of the inning. Freddy Galvis flied out to right fielder Duda. For New York, Bobby Parnell replaced Niese on the mound and retired pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Nieuwenhuis. Herndon and Phils’ reliever Antonio Bastardo combined for a perfect top of the eighth. Parnell then shut down the Phillies in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Mike Baxter drew a one-out walk against Philadelphia’s Michael Stutes in the top of the ninth inning. Baxter stole second base and scored the Mets’ fifth run on an ensuing single by Tejada. Murphy drew a walk and Wright flied out to right fielder Pence. Stutes then struck out Davis to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jon Rauch retired Rollins on a grounder back to the mound to begin the bottom of the ninth. Pence went down on strikes. Rauch then got John Mayberry, Jr. to fly out to Nieuwenhuis and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory over the Phils.