August 27, 2013: Niese Shuts Out Phillies

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Date: August 27, 2013
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 5
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Jonathon Niese, Daniel Murphy, Travis d'Arnaud
Key play: Murphy’s single, d'Arnaud’s sacrifice fly, Niese’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played in front of 25,700 fans on hand. Jonathon Niese pitched a three-hitter and helped his own cause with a three-run double in a 5-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Niese gave up just a single to Jimmie Rollins in the top of the first inning. Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick pitched a perfect bottom half and Niese yielded only a single to Michael Young in the top of the second. Kendrick held the Mets to a single by Juan Lagares in the bottom of the inning and Jonathon set down the side in order in the top of the third. Niese drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Jonathon moved to second base on Eric Young’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by Daniel Murphy for a 1-0 Mets lead. Kendrick then retired Andrew Brown on a ground ball to third baseman Michael Young for the inning’s final out.

After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Niese set down the Phillies in order in the top of the sixth. Brown hit a single to lead off the bottom half. Ike Davis reached second base on first baseman Kevin Frandsen’s throwing error. Wilmer Flores grounded out to Michael Young and an intentional walk to Lagares loaded the bases. Travis d'Arnaud hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Brown and an intentional walk to Omar Quintanilla loaded the bases once again. Niese followed with a double that plated Davis, Lagares and Quintanilla for a five-run Mets lead. Kendrick then retired Eric Young on a foul pop-up to Michael Young for the final out of the inning.

Niese hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Philadelphia reliever Zach Miner surrendered only a walk to Davis in the bottom half and Michael Young doubled to open the top of the eighth. Niese recorded strikeouts of Darin Ruf and Frandsen before retiring John Mayberry on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Lagares. Phils’ reliever Justin DeFratus then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz went down on strikes to begin the top of the ninth. Roger Bernadina grounded out to first baseman Davis and a walk to Rollins ensued. Niese then retired Chase Utley on a fly ball to Lagares for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory on Jonathon’s three-hit shutout to snap a five-game losing streak.