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Niese strong despite Mets loss

Jon Niese was the image of defeat as he slowly walked off the mound with his face buried in his jersey.<br />The crowd took to its feet in appreciation for a job well done anyway.

Jon Niese was the image of defeat as he slowly walked off the mound with his face buried in his jersey.

The crowd took to its feet in appreciation for a job well done anyway.

Niese (11-9) was the hard luck loser, 3-2, Thursday against the Padres. On a day in which the bullpen was depleted, Niese was strong. He limited San Diego to three runs — two earned — in 7 2/3 innings. Niese scattered seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. He tied a career high with 122 pitches.

“Ronny [Paulino] and I mixed it up pretty well. We threw all of our pitches. He made me throw my change-up a little bit more and got some early outs with that,” Niese said.

“Johnny pitched an absolutely outstanding ballgame,” manager Terry Collins said. denis gorman

 
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