The Mets Deserve a Laugh

June 25, 2009

With the Mets up by two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning last night, first baseman Nick Evans came up with a runner on and crushed the first pitch he saw over the left field wall at Citi Field. Evans’s two run home run would be seen as a prelude to a commanding Mets victory as they would go on to win, 11-0, over the St. Louis Cardinals. Along with eleven runs scored, the Mets offense raked in sixteen hits that earned their starting pitcher, right-hander Fernando Nieve, his third victory in just three starts this season. Nieve’s performance of six shutout innings last night could be considered just as important for the Mets as the ease at which their makeshift offense was able to knock in so many runs.

With another impressive outing from what is becoming the Mets feel-good story of the year, Nieve struck out five and lowered his season earned run average to 1.31. Relievers Brian Stokes, Bobby Parnell, and the recently called-up left hander, Pat Misch, each followed Nieve’s lead by completing their inning of work unscathed. The Mets will look to take the series from the Cardinals this afternoon in the finale as Johan Santana is pitted up against Chris Carpenter. Carpenter like Santana is considered the ace of their staff.

For further reading, check out a previous post entitled Evans’ Future with Mets on Solid Ground

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