Monday, April 19, 2010

Pagan Goes Deep and Ike Has Two Hits, As Mets Top Cubs 6-1

On a chilly night at CitiField the Mets bats took a while, but warmed up just in time to give the Mets a 6-1 win over the Cubs tonight (box score).

The stars of tonight were Angel Pagan, Jon Niese and Ike Davis.

Pagan hit a huge two-run homer in the seventh to start what became a 5 run inning for the Mets.  Bay had two hits on the night, including an RBI double in the seventh.  Bay was then driven in by Ike Davis' second hit of the evening and his first major league RBI.  Davis' second hit was off a lefty, which was nice to see...HOWEVER...earlier in the same at bat he bailed pretty severely on two nasty curveballs from Sean Marshall before flicking one up the middle to drive in bay.  So although it's good to see Davis get a hit against a lefty, he did NOT look great doing it.  But, Davis had a nice hit earlier in the game, fighting off a tough two-strike pitch, and really stroked one into the gap that was caught pretty easily by Xavier Nady.

It's easy to forget what Jon Niese did tonight because of the excitement around Davis' debut and Bay and Pagan hitting, but you shouldn't because Niese pitched well tonight.  Outside of the high pitch count (113 through 5 and 1/3 innings), Niese was able to strike out 7 hitters while giving up 8 hits.  Manuel then pulled Niese in favored of Nieve who immediately gave up a run on a tough comebacker.  Niese had a good night, but was overshadowed by Ike...

It was a good night at CitiField, hopefully the Mets can build on it tomorrow night when the Mets send Mike Pelfrey to the hill to face Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs...


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