Mets starter Mike Pelfrey went 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs, and pitched well enough to keep the Phillies at bay. It was just the kind of game the Mets needed after two straight losses to the Marlins. Now the Mets head into Saturday in a game where Oliver Perez will probably help to determine his future as a starter.
The offense clicked tonight as Daniel Murphy got the Mets on the scoreboard with a two-run homer, his second of the year. Carlos Beltran was retired only in his last at-bat. David Wright had a good night with two hits and an RBI.
The Mets pitchers actually had the best nights at the plate of any other players. Pelfrey contributed by driving in a run with an outfield fly that just missed being a home run. He also had an RBI hit, only his third and fourth ones of his career. Pedro Feliciano, who was called in to pitch 1 2/3 innings, batted for the first time since 2006 and drew a walk.
It was encouraging to see backups Fernando Tatis and Alex Cora, filling in for Carlos Delgado and Luis Castillo, respectively, contributing toward the win. They didn’t hurt the team in the last game, either. In Wednesday’s game vs. the Marlins, it was the bullpen that fell apart. With the way the backups have been playing, it’s almost getting to the point where it’s a good thing the starters are sidelined.
The bullpen was finally able to hold the lead as JJ Putz and Francisco Rodriguez closed the door on the game, keeping the usually potent Phillies offense at bay.
We’ll see if Oliver Perez can be his usual dominant self against the Phillies in Saturday’s Fox Game of the Week.