Mets 10 Nationals 8
This is supposed to be the easy part of the schedule.
The Mets gave starter Oliver Perez a 2-0 lead, he blew it, then they gave him a 5-2 lead, and he blew that too. In fact, Ollie blew, period, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks in only three and a third. Nelson Figueroa did not help matters, allowing both inherited runners to score, swelling Ollie’s ERA. Olympian Brandon Knight gave up a run in his only inning, but Joe Smith was able to escape the sixth and part of the seventh without seeing someone score.
But the offense kept on going, exploding for ten runs, highlighted by solo blasts off the bats of Carlos Delgado and Ryan Church in the third. Delgado struck again by putting a dent into the AZEK “K” scoreboard in the sixth, following Carlos Beltran’s hugely clutch two-run bomb that put the Mets ahead 9-8.
The always-reliable Mets bullpen took it from there, shutting out the Nationals through the last four innings. Who needs Billy Wagner, anyway?
Luis Ayala earned his sixth save of the season, and Joe Smith earned the win.
Delgado was 3-for-3 with 3 runs and 3 RBI. Each of the first four batters in the lineup collected two hits apiece.
We had a sparse but fun group on MetsChat.com during the game … we’ll keep it going and hope to have more of you join in for tomorrow night’s game.
The Mets and Nationals do it again at 7:10 pm on Wednesday. Mike Pelfrey goes against Odalis “Don’t Call Me Oliver” Perez.