Jon Niese didn't have it early, The Astros took advantage and the Mets couldn't stage a comeback in the 3-6 loss to the team from Houston.
The Astros' batters were very aggressive in their approach against Niese. They quickly turned on fastballs and cutters over the plate, and before any of us knew it (and right after some of us had turned the radio on) the 'stros had put up a 2-run spot on us in the 1st. Jon Niese clearly did not have it this evening, giving up another homer to Chris Snyder in the 2nd to make it 5-0.
We scored a couple in the 4th against JA Happ to make it 5-2, and with the Niese's spot up Terry saw an opportunity to tie the game early on and pinch hit Lucas Duda, who had not started for the second straight night due to flu-like symptoms. This was an understandable move to make with Niese not on his A-game, but unfortunately The Duda could not come through and struck out to end the early threat. We had some more opportunities in the 5th inning to take the lead after Scott Hairston scored Justin Turner on a single, and Ike Davis came up with two on and a chance to go ahead by 1. Alas, Ike was not able to continue his fine hitting from the last few days, striking out with one of his long swings. He did, however, have another hit, going 1 for 4 on the night and raising his average to .188. Slowly but surely.
The Mets will try to salvage the series and the road trip today at 2:05 PM EST against the Astros ace Wandy Rodriguez. Chris Schwinden will probably be the first Met to throw a No-Hitter today as he tries to bounce back from throwing the ball away and sending last friday's game into what felt like a never-ending spiral. I'm cool with 3-3 on the road, Mets (well, I am now.) Please. Make it so.
LET'S. GO. METS.