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Jon Niese loses no-hitter in seventh against the Braves

Apr 8, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

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In his first start after signing a five-year contract, Jon Niese took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Braves.

Niese lost the no-hitter on a Freddie Freeman single after Dan Uggla walked to start the seventh. Matt Diaz followed with a fly to right that Lucas Duda lost in the sun for an error. Jason Heyward then rocketed a two-run double to right-center to knock Niese from the game

The Mets were up 7-0 at the beginning of the seventh, so they couldn’t have been too disappointed by the series of events. Niese gave up his first hit on his 98th pitch, and the Mets weren’t going to want him throwing 120-130 pitches in going for a no-no in his first start of the year.

Niese’s big outing today followed a spring in which he amassed a 5.73 ERA and allowed 28 hits in 22 innings. The league hit .284 against him last year (compared to .251 for MLB as a whole), giving him a mediocre 4.40 ERA despite rather strong peripherals.

  1. mississippimusicman - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    New nose or no, Niese’s no-no is a no-go.

    • klingonj - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      the line of the day sir!

  2. exhibits5 - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    this. Mets team is going to be the surprise team in the NL east.

  3. foreverchipper10 - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    The first game of the year I got to watch and this is what I had to witness. Made me proud to be a Braves fan. Sigh.

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