Mets’ winning streak ends

Posted: July 30, 2009 in Mets

Well, we knew the Mets weren’t going to reel off a season-ending 60-game winning streak. They saw their five-game streak end with a 4-2 loss in Game 2 of tonight’s doubleheader. Rookie Jon Niese pitched relatively well, working 6 1/3 innings while being charged with all four runs. I thought Jerry Manuel left Niese in an inning too long. After he wriggled out of a tough sixth inning (in which he surrendered a 1-0 lead), I thought Niese’s night should have been done. Let the kid have a positive taste in his mouth after six solid innings. Several balls were hit hard tonight, so I just thought that would catch up with Niese eventually and it did in the seventh. The opposing pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (who pitched a nice game tonight) doubled to center and after another hard out, Clint Barmes launched a two-run homer and Todd Helton followed with a single. Manuel then lifted Niese in favor of Brian Stokes, who promptly gave up an RBI triple to Troy Tulowitzki. Game pretty much over there. I can’t complain too much though. It certainly would have been nice to sweep the series and move a game under .500, but when the series started, I would have been ecstatic with three out of four. The Mets now get the Diamondbacks for four, and hopefully another series victory is on the horizon. They really can’t afford too many series losses from here on out.

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