(PHILADELPHIA) — David Wright homered on the first pitch he saw in his return to the lineup on Saturday after missing three games with a broken pinkie against the Phillies.
Jonathon Niese who recently got a new contract from the Mets pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball and the bullpen did the rest to complete the 5-0 win over Philadelphia.
“I felt good,” Wright said. “I got a little confidence after the first at-bat. I felt real good in the cage earlier today. I wouldn’t have gone out there if I didn’t think I can contribute.”
Niese improved to 2-0 this season giving up five hits and recorded five strikeouts against a Phillies team without All-Stars Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.
“I thought the ball was coming out of my hand well,” Niese said. “In this ballpark, you have to focus on keeping the ball down. The all-around feel of my mechanics was good.”
With the loss, the five-time defending NL East champion Phillies are now 3-5.
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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com