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Niese developing with Suns

Jonathon Niese has struck out 26 in 21.1 innings.

Jonathon Niese sat in a visiting clubhouse in New Jersey last week, his workload complete for the afternoon and his unbeaten record improved to three victories.

Yet the 19-year-old left-hander couldn't claim to be completely satisfied with the performance. Though he held the Lakewood Blue Claws to one run on six hits in a 2-1 Hagerstown Suns victory, Niese couldn't get past the fifth inning, a barrier he has yet to crack this season. "I mixed my pitches up well and used my fastball to throw a lot of strikes," Niese said. "They fouled a lot of pitches off... Recommended Stories