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MMLN – Pitching and Defense Falter in Loss

Duda went 2-for-3 with two walks

PORT ST. LUCIE – In the series finale against the Palm Beach, Claudio Vargas made a rehab start before handing the ball over to scratched starter Eric Niesen. After the 14-inning affair Sunday night, the club turned around for a 10:30 AM start time. The Mets' bats were sluggish until a late inning burst pulled the Mets closer before ultimately falling 9-5.

Eric Niesen replaced Claudio Vargas in the sixth inning and immediately ran into trouble in large part to an inability to retire right-handers and porous outfield defense behind him. After walking the first batter he faced, two batters later a long fly ball to Jamar Hill was misplayed, putting runners on second and third. Ezequiel Carrera fell victim to the sun on the next batter as he let a... Recommended Stories