[sny-box color="fff"]Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis hit two home runs, had four RBI and hit Jon Niese with a ground ball back to the mound that forced Niese to leave the game early. X-rays on Niese’s leg were negative. He is listed as day-to-day.
Terry Collins used six pitchers, including Niese.
The Mets had four hits tonight, all singles, while leaving six runners on base.
Juan Lagares entered as part of a double switch and picked up his first career hit with a single in the seventh inning.[/sny-box]
To read a detailed write up and a boxscore of the game, go to SNY.TV.
The Mets had chances tonight against Kershaw, who didn't look sharp early in the game. He struggled to find a good rhythm. However, walks and singles are never going to cut it against a pitcher of his caliber. He left after the fifth inning, but it was more of the same anyway from the Mets bats.
Niese looked like he was in serious pain after Ellis' comebacker hit him on the lower half of his right leg. He hopped to foul line and sat there for quite a while, without any attempt to stand. Thankfully, he walked off the field under his own power and it seems everything will be fine. Still, it didn't look good and it's my experience to assume the worst until I see Niese back on the mound pitching well.
Hopefully, Matt Harvey can go deep in tomorrow night's game, since the bullpen is looking pretty spent (especially after tonight).
The Mets continue their three-game series with the Dodgers tomorrow night at Citi Field, when RHP Matt Harvey (4-0, 0.93 ERA) faces LHP Ted Lilly, who will be making his first start of the season.