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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Reds 4, Mets 0

By Matt Ehalt

Well, at least Matt Harvey is pitching on Wednesday.

Once again, the New York Mets' bats didn't show up Tuesday night as they were blanked 4-0 by the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. The Mets managed just three hits, and trailed from the beginning as Jon Niese gave up three unearned runs in the first.

First and long: Niese pitched quite well Tuesday, save for the first inning. After retiring the first two batters of the game on a total of seven pitches, he needed 41 more spanning seven batters to end the frame. He could have escaped the damage with a clean slate, but David Wright made an error with the bases loaded and two outs that allowed two runs to score. Another scored on a bases-loaded walk, the third free pass Niese issued in the first.

After the first, Niese looked sharp and worked efficiently, going six innings. Unfortunately for the stater, the first inning ended up making the difference as the Mets' offense didn't show up. Niese, the team's Opening Day starter, is now 3-5 on the year after allowing five hits and striking out seven.

Oh, Ike: Ike Davis now has one hit in his past 36 at-bats after another 0-for-3 performance Tuesday. Davis had a big chance in the fourth when he came up with the Mets down 3-0 with two men on and two outs, but he weakly grounded out and heard a chorus of boos on his way to the dugout. He's really not giving the Mets any reason to keep him in Flushing instead of demoting him to Triple-A.

Not a handful: The Mets have now gone 18 days, and 16 games, without scoring more than five runs. It last happened on May 3, when they won 7-5 in extra innings against Atlanta. In the month of May, the Mets have scored 58 runs in 18 games and have just 44 in their last 16 contests.

Up next: Wednesday's matinee will be a great one as it will be a battle of undefeated pitchers in Harvey (5-0, 1.55 ERA) and Mat Latos (4-0, 2.91). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.