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Need for offense ends Niese's night early

7/27/2014

Manager Terry Collins might have left his starter, Jonathon Niese, in the game longer. Certainly, Niese thought he had more to give. In the end, the hope for offense outweighed giving him a few more innings.

With a runner at third, two outs and a chance to tie the game, Collins elected to pinch hit Niese (5-6) in the sixth.

Collins sent Bobby Abreu up for his left-hander, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke pulled starter Wily Peralta (12-6) in favor of his left-handed reliever, Zach Duke. Collins called Abreu back and decided on right-handed hitter Eric Campbell. Duke struck out Campbell to protect a 3-2 lead for Peralta.

“He certainly deserved to go back out, but we’ve been having a tough time scoring,” said Collins, who had Niese batting eighth in the lineup. “So I thought he had to hit for him in the sixth.”

Niese was diplomatic about being lifted, despite giving up three runs with two outs in the Brewers’ fifth.

“I thought I should have been out there anyway, whether I was up eighth or ninth,” he said. “Terry makes those decisions. Those are out of my control. I could’ve gone one or two more. I gave up three runs. That caused me to cut my game short.”

The Brewers’ comeback haunted Niese, who threw 89 pitches -- 59 of them strikes.

“Them getting those runs with two outs is frustrating,” he said. “They hit it where we weren’t. They just started attacking me early there [and we] made some mistakes. [We] paid for them again.”

And the call is reversed: The Mets challenged their 21st play of the season. Mark Reynolds was originally ruled safe on a grounder to third. After an estimated time of 1:03, the call was reversed.

A rare stolen base: When Jean Segura swiped second in the fifth, it was only the third steal, in 479 batters, that Niese had allowed this season.