A friend of mine asked me to go to this game the day before, and I never turn down a Mets game, and with the chance to see Niese redeem himself from the last time I saw him, I decided to go.
Niese only gave up a hit and a walk in his outing, and struck out two, this of course before he got hurt with two outs in the top of the second. After a David Wright error allowed the inning to continue, Niese was covering first on a ground ball and did a split catching the ball, coming off the bag and not recording the out as he did so. Well the Mets had scored two runs in the bottom of the first, so it seemed like Kyle Lohse wouldn’t hold the Mets offense down. So in to pitch for the Mets was Nelson Figueroa.
I had seen Figueroa start against the Brewers earlier this season, throwing a quality start in the loss to Jeff Suppan. Nelson did every Mets fan proud this day too, throwing four and a third innings in relief, only giving up four hits, no walks, and striking out five.
However, that wasn’t the best part of the game. Nelson came up to bat in the bottom of the second, and hit a two-run triple off of Lohse. Figueroa also scored a run in that inning and walked later on in the game. The Mets offense decided to click that day, pounding out fifteen hits, including three doubles, two triples, and two home runs. Pagan had a triple and a home run, and totaled four RBI’s for the day. But we weren’t done yet. Bobby Parnell was brought in to relieve with Nelson Figueroa. Parnell had quite the day, only giving up a hit in three innings pitched, striking out three en-route to his first career save. However again, the Mets pitchers decided to show off the lumber, and Parnell singled for his first career hit, later scoring his first career run. This was certainly a great offensive day for the Mets hitters and pitchers and was a great game to have been at.