NEW YORK -- The frustration showing on Jon Niese's face grew with each bouncer that found a hole, with each grounder that hit off a base or an outstretched glove and squirted onto the outfield grass. By the time the night was done, Niese had induced 20 ground balls and stranded nine runners, but it wasn't enough.
Niese versus Gio Gonzalez. The pitching matchup going into Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field didn't appear to feature the sparkle of Friday's, when Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer battled pitch for pitch. But the final score represented the product of another duel between New York and Washington. Mets manager Terry Collins expects it won't be the last.
Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.