LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- When it was all over, Mets left-hander Jon Niese conceded that "the results look kind of bad on paper."
That was in reference to giving up four runs on four hits in four innings in the Mets' 9-4 loss to the Braves on Friday.
He also didn't walk a batter and needed only 54 pitches. When it was over, he felt so good that he went to the bullpen and pitched another couple simulated innings to get his work in.
"I really felt good, minimizing the walks. I'm pretty happy with that," he said. "Pounding the strike zone with all my pitches, just trusting my game plans during the season -- I think that's going to be the key."
Niese settled down after giving up leadoff triples to Michael Bourn and Martin Prado in the bottom of the first.
Said manager Terry Collins: "He's doing fine. He's right on track."