By the Numbers:
- Jon Niese started and was great going 6 1/3 innings letting up 5 hits. 1 run (0 earned), 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts.
- Jose Reyes had 4 hits, an RBI, and 2 triples today.
- Josh Thole and Daniel Murphy each had 3 hits. Thole had 3 RBI while Murph had one.
- Turner and Bay had 2 hits a piece.
- Tejada had an RBI hit as did Angel Pagan.
- The bullpen struggled as Buchholz gave up 3 runs and Beato gave up 1.
Jon Niese was great today throwing a career high 122 pitches. He got out of all of the jams he pitched into only faltering after a Reyes error.
Speaking of Reyes, as Gary Cohen said we are running out of adjectives to describe Jose and the price grows higher every day. He had yet another great game.
Thole had a huge day breaking out of a long slump he also did not strikeout. Whatever tinkering he did with his swing, it worked.
The bullpen is in a rut right now. It just gives up run after run almost blowing an 8 run lead today. If they don’t straighten up, this team will not win games.
I feel Bay getting into a hot streak now with 2 straight games with RBI hits.
Grade for the Game: B+