O Danny Boy

The Mets ran into a spring training buzz saw on Tuesday as the Braves improved to 13-3 in exhibition play with a 5-1 win.

Irish eyes were smiling on Mets OF Daniel Murphy, who finished 3-4 with a double. He hit the ball hard every time, and would’ve had a four-hit game if it wasn’t for a spectacular catch in center by Atlanta’s Josh Anderson.

Starter Jonathan Niese gave up two runs in four innings of work. He only allowed two hits, but one was a two-run homer off the bat of Anderson in the second inning. That was the last hit the southpaw allowed.

One particularly nice duel came against INF Casey Kotchman. After jumping ahead on Kotchman, Niese had him out in front of three consecutive off-speed pitches of 73, 74, 75mph. Kotchman fouled those off, but then was no match for a 91mph heater high and away. It was one of Niese’s three strikeouts.


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