Hello, Good Ollie. Welcome to Citi Field. Stay a while. Make yourself at home.Oliver Perez
masterfully held the Padres to three hits -- two of which came from Luis Rodriguez -- as the Mets cruised to their first Citi Field win, a 7-2 series-tying victory on Jackie Robinson Day.
Perez approached each inning with a nearly methodical pace, going to his slider early and often to keep the Padres off balance.
After allowing a leadoff single to Rodriguez in the third inning, Perez retired the side 10 pitches later. An RBI single to score Rodriguez in the fifth inning was the lone blemish for Perez, who diligently and economically approached each inning and finished with 58 of his 90 pitches for strikes.
But what was the most positive affirmation for Manuel wasn't Perez's numbers: It was the southpaw's mental fortitude.
Buoyed by Perez's performance on the mound, the Amazins' bats put up a pair of runs in the fourth and capitalized on the Padres wild relievers to score four runs in the seventh.Carlos Delgado
had two of the team's seven hits and extended his hit streak to 13 games with an RBI single to score Daniel Murphy
in the fourth. David Wright
also crossed the plate on Gary Sheffield
's double play ground ball.
Like Sheffield, the Mets are still a work in progress. But Wednesday night there was a lot more good -- such as Jose Reyes
Jose Reyes was 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Daniel Murphy also had a 1-3 day with a hit and an RBI.
Carlos "Esta en fuego" Delgado went 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored on his solo BOMB, as well as a walk.Carlos Beltran
went 1-2 with an RBI and two walks.Luis Castillo
continues to hit, going 1-3 with a run scored.David Wright
was 1-4 in the game with a run scored.