Sep 1, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jon Niese (49) throws during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Niese solid in Mets’ season debut

He was supposed to start on Opening Day, but a week after was good enough for the Mets’ Jon Niese.

The lefty carried a two-hit shutout through five innings before loading the bases and allowing a sacrifice fly to Joey Votto in the 6th. The club was looking for Niese to pitch 90-95 pitches after pitching 76 in his minor league rehab start.

Niese finished with 90 pitches in 5.2 innings pitched, having allowed 6 hits and two earned runs. He struck out four while walking one.

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