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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
A little warmup pitch?

By Forrest Lee

Tonight's contest between the Mets and Padres is a rematch of Thursday’s contest in New York. Left-hander Jon Niese (11-9, 4.03 ERA) suffered the loss in a 3-2 San Diego victory. Niese pitched a season-high 7.2 innings and allowed two earned runs. He gave up seven hits and struck out seven in 122 pitches (82 for strikes). He walked two, one intentionally.

Over his last 16 starts, from May 18 to Aug. 11, Niese is 9-5 with a 3.38 ERA. He has earned five consecutive road decisions.