Niese makes history at the plate

May, 17, 2011
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How many pitchers have pinch-hit the same day they were slated to start?

Good question, but New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese is one of them.

Jonathon Niese


Starting Pitcher
New York Mets

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2011 Season Stats
GM W L BB K ERA
8 2 4 19 32 5.03
Niese hit his first-career triple in the 11th inning on Monday night -- really Tuesday morning -- but was stranded on third base after shortstop Jose Reyes struck out to end a wild and crazy 3-hour, 31-minute affair at Citi Field. The Mets lost the game to the Florida Marlins by a 2-1 final.

“Terry just told me there was two outs, just put a nice easy swing on it. Don’t try to kill it,” said Niese, who was became the Mets’ first pitcher to pinch-hit since he did it last season on April 17. He also became the first Mets’ pitcher to record a pinch-hit since Brian Bohanon singled off Montreal Expos reliever Mel Rojas on Sept. 12, 1997.

“I figured I was gonna get a 3-2 fastball and just put a good swing on it.”

He did, although it looked like Marlins center fielder Emilio Bonifacio was going to catch it -- until he couldn’t.

“As far as going for three, I just wasn’t thinking,” said Niese (2-4, 5.03 ERA), who will get the ball for the Mets on Tuesday night against the same Marlins’ club. “When I was on second I saw the ball on the ground, so I just tried for it.”

He made it, too. He just didn’t score.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187