Mets Game 107: Win Over Marlins
Mets 4 Marlins 1
Finally, Carlos Beltran came through with a big hit, as he drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie.
Oliver Perez was outstanding, allowing just one run on five hits and three walks in six innings, striking out five. Aaron Heilman, pitching on just two days’ rest after expending 57 pitches on Saturday night, was predictably shaky but pitched a scoreless frames to hold the slim 2-1 lead through the top of the seventh.
In the top of the eighth, Carlos Delgado reminded everyone of his hot streak by blasting a two-run homer to provide a three-run cushion, and Heilman was sent back to pitch the bottom of the eighth. This time, he struck out three batters and allowed a harmless single, brilliantly bridging the gap to Billy Wagner.
Wagner did his job, setting down the Fish in order to earn his 27th save of the season.
I used to think that Willie Randolph had it in for Aaron Heilman, but now I realize that it is an organization-wide plan of destruction. The Mets are focused on destroying this man’s arm before he reaches his lucrative free agent years. As previously mentioned, Heilman threw 57 pitches on Saturday night, yet was not only brought into this game with two days’ rest, but was asked to pitch two full innings — a 37-pitch effort. Remarkable. Yes, he pitched well, but that’s not the point. Unless the Mets are seriously thinking about “stretching him out” for starting, it was an irresponsible decision to put him out there at all, much less for two innings. I will be one of the few people not stunned when the Mets bullpen implodes in September for the second straight season.
Nick Evans scored the Mets first two runs of the game, and had two hits, including a double, from the two-spot in the order. He’s hitting only .250, but four of his 11 hits are doubles.
Jose Reyes had three hits, including two doubles. He also stole his 35th base.
Delgado’s blast was his 23rd of the season, which ties him with Ryan Ludwick and Carlos Lee for 10th in the NL.
Mike Pelfrey goes against Josh Johnson in another 7:10 pm start on Wednesday.