The New York Mets (6-2) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (3-5) this evening at Citizens Bank Park 5-0 as Jonathon Niese turned in his 2nd consecutive dominant start en route to a Mets victory.
After fracturing his pinky early last week, David Wright returned to the lineup the same day many thought he'd land on the disabled list and came through big. In the top of the 1st inning, Wright drove a Vance Worley pitch to the deepest part of Citizens Bank Park for a solo shot to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. He would finish the night with 2 more hits and is now hitting .588 through a small sample. Lucas Duda aided in the offensive effort by breaking out of his slump tonight as well, connecting for a 2-run shot before collecting a double later on.
Niese (2-0, 2.13 ERA) pitched 6 2/3 dominant innings, shutting down the Phillies while striking out 5. Niese allowed a lot of base runners early on in the contest but managed to pitch around the debacles he made by inducing several big double plays much like Dickey last night. Bobby Parnell and Jon Rauch pitched scoreless innings in support of Niese to shut down the now anemic Philadelphia offense.
One of the biggest obstacles the Mets have faced against the Phillies, especially in Philadelphia, has been getting to their pitching staff outside of Cole Hamels. The first 2 games of this series have proven to be the polar opposite, with the Mets tagging Cliff Lee and Vance Worley for 9 runs. While the addition of David Wright certainly helped the Mets offensive effort, things are clicking on all cylinders for the Amazin's.
Tomorrow afternoon the Mets will look to sweep the Phillies as Mike Pelfrey will take the mound for the 2nd time this season, opposing the impending free agent Cole Hamels at 1:10 PM ET.