Last night, it was sad Ross. Tonight at the Ravine, it was sad Niese, as John Niese pitched a decent enough game (just like Tyson Ross did Thursday): 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER...but 5 R crossed the plate, when the LOLMets had four errors, dooming his effort.
The wheels came off the bus for the Mets in the seventh. Down 2-1, Niese had two Ks before allowing a Dee Gordon triple (his 11th, leading the majors) and then walked Yasiel Puig. When Adrian Gonzalez hit to short, it looked like out #3...except Mets SS Wilmer Flores threw the ball away, allowing Gordon to score and Puig and Gonzalez to get into scoring position. Matt Kemp then came in to face Carlos Torres, and promptly doubled in both runners, both which hit Niese's ledger. Flores actually had two errors in tonight's game, and David Wright and Lucas Duda both added one each just to join the party [Sax's note: looks like they took away Wright's error in a late scoring change. Must be the vitamin water.].
A.J. Ellis added a RBI double in the eighth, which hopefully will break Ellis out of his slumpiness. Dan Haren had an RBI single of his own earlier in the game, after blowing a suicide squeeze that left Justin Turner hanging out to dry (in the same AB, his basehit to center scored Erisbel Arruebarrena. Haren, still thoroughly confounding in his fickleness, had a nice night tonight: 7.0 IP with 3 H, 1 ER, and 6 Ks. We'll take it.