The Miracle scored the winning run off Emary Frederick in the bottom of the ninth, but don't let that obscure a few nice Mets performances.
1B Ike Davis (.299/.388/.458) accounted for all of the St. Lucie scoring with a solo homer, his second of the year, in the second as part of a 2-4 night. In 37 games, Davis has a league leading 13 doubles (excellent), 21 walks (excellent), 36 strikeouts (a little concerning) and now two homers (not enough). So, following a wasted year one as a professional, Ike is doing some things very well in year two. I know the FSL is a very tough place to hit, but if he's going to be an impact 1B, he needs to put the ball over the wall.
LHP Eric Niesen pitched well again, but did not factor into the decision. In five innings, Niesen gave up one run on three hits, walked two and fanned five. Niesen struck out the final bater he saw, Twins prospect Ben Revere, who almost never whiffs (14 K/148 AB).
Niesen, the Mets' third round pick in 2007, who had a really rough 2008, has been much, much better in 2009. As the chart below details, Niesen has made improvements in the three morst important areas: he's striking out more guys, walking fewer and giving up fewer homeruns.
The one area in which Niesen has gone backwards in groundball rate, which of course is linked to homerun rate. As he moves up, he'll need to get back to working down in the zone. The FSL is very forgiving of fly-ball pitchers, just ask Dillon Gee.
In any event, 2009 is a very nice improvement for Niesen. Give him some credit for refining his game. It hardly makes him a top flite prospect yet, but his early season results merit some attention.