Just as Oliver Perez looked like he had things turned around with an excellent outing in his last start, he definitely regressed in today’s game. Perez didn’t even get out of the first inning, allowing six runs on four walks and two hits, including a grand slam.
Nelson Figueroa, John Maine and Dillon Gee then kept Boston off the board for the next 4 1/3 innings. But Gee melted down in the sixth when he gave up three runs.
The Mets were pretty quiet at the plate, only getting one run in the fifth, thanks to a Daniel Murphy double, before tacking on two more in the ninth. Murphy also had a stolen base. Jose Reyes swiped two bags. Jeremy Reed was the only Met who had more than one hit, one of which was a triple.
The six-run first inning slightly deflated the excitement many fans had by visiting Citi Field for the first time. The weather also was a factor. The skies were overcast and the wind was powerful, causing trash to fly all over the field.
By the eighth inning, with the game’s score seemingly in hand, many fans exited the stadium, but many more spent the time seeing all of the new ball park’s new features.
The Mets have Sunday off before they head to Cincinnatti to play the Reds on Monday at 1:10 p.m. for Opening Day. Johan Santana will start.