Niese, with 2.68 ERA, says wins will come

June, 7, 2014
Jun 7
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Jonathon Niese has an exceptional 2.68 ERA, yet the left-hander remains at three wins through 12 starts this season.

The latest no-decision came Friday at AT&T Park.

Niese issued a two-out walk to Brandon Hicks, uncorked a wild pitch that advanced Hicks into scoring position, then surrendered a tying RBI single to Brandon Crawford in the seventh inning. Carlos Torres served up a two-run homer to Buster Posey an inning later and the San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets, 4-2.

“It’s tough. You go out there and battle and you want to see the win beside your name,” Niese said. “It is what it is. That’s part of the game. They’ll come eventually. I have all the confidence in the offense we have here. They’re going to put up runs.”

Niese took responsibility for the walk and wild pitch. He also lamented allowing the No. 8 hitter, Crawford -- the lone lefty batter in San Francisco’s lineup -- to do damage. Crawford also delivered a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning that opened the scoring.

“I shouldn’t have let Crawford get anything to hit,” Niese said. “Both of those runs I made mistakes. He put together some good at-bats. With him being the only lefty in the lineup, I shouldn’t make those mistakes.”

A baserunner who walked also scored the deciding run. Torres issued a four-pitch walk to ex-Met Angel Pagan ahead of Posey’s two-run home run.

The Mets have issued an NL-high 224 walks.

“The one thing I never thought we would do here is lead the league in walks,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “The walks are killing us.”

Collins said walks are particularly uncharacteristic of Torres.

Posey then made the Mets pay, snapping a 93 at-bat homerless drought for him.

“Buster has made a career of getting big hits,” Collins said.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187