If Mets fans need a new opposing player to revile, now that Chipper Jones and his Met-killing ways have called it a career, they might want to take a long, hard look at Mark Ellis. The Dodgers second baseman went 4-for-5, homered twice, drove in four runs and took out Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese with a scorching liner to the lower leg as the Dodgers rolled to a 7-2 victory Tuesday night before a paltry crowd of 21,135 at Citi Field. As bad a night as it was for the Mets, it could have been a lot worse had Niese’s injury been more severe. But he appeared fine in the locker room after the game and said his leg was feeling much better. “It’s a lot better than I thought it was going to be,” said Niese, who got knocked out with one out in the third inning on Ellis’ smash back to the box that hit him near the right ankle. “It’s just a bruise. Initially it hurt pretty bad but after icing it a few times it feels good. We’ll see how it feels (Wednesday), but I should be able to throw my bullpen and make my next start for sure.” That is the good news for the Mets. The bad news came in the form of Ellis, who added lots of insult to the Niese injury. Although Ellis’ first hit ended the lefty’s night, the Dodgers second baseman was just beginning. After the Mets took a 2-1 lead in the third on RBI singles by Daniel Murphy and David Wright, Ellis struck again in the fifth when he stroked a two-out solo homer to left off Mets reliever Robert Carson to knot the game at 2-2.
Dodgers' Ellis takes down Niese, Mets in loss
New York Daily News | Apr 24