It was probably the last chance for Oliver Perez to be a Mets starter before being relegated to the bullpen or sent down to the Minors. Yet, Perez pitched the way he’s done for the past several games — poorly. He didn’t last three innings as he allowed four runs, one coming off of a bases-loaded walk to opposing Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer. The Phillies managed five hits and six walks in just 2 1/3 innings.
It was hardly the start the Mets were looking for, and Jerry Manuel quickly yanked Perez after he threw 77 pitches, the majority of which were balls. Ironically, Perez has been hot at the plate getting another hit today. He’s now batting .429. Maybe Manuel should use him as a pinch hitter off the bench. Ken Takahashi made his first appearance as a Mets reliever and was great for 2 2/3 innings.
The Phillies quickly tied the game, 5-5, after the Mets had taken a one-run lead off of back-to-back home runs by Ramon Castro and Daniel Murphy. Pedro Feliciano allowed his second straight home run in consecutive appearances to a left-handed batter, which he’s usually brought in to retire.
JJ Putz and Bobby Parnell then combined to pitch a scoreless three innings. In the bottom of the 10th, Sean Green took the loss after walking Shane Victorino with the bases loaded. Green has an ERA of 8.76 and has had his share of problems with holding games.
Luis Castillo started at second base and kept up his offense pace, going 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. Carlos Delgado once again did not play but did pinch hit and eked out a walk. David Wright did not strikeout but was still 0-for-2 and two walks. Castro started today’s game behind the plate and was 2-for-3 including the aforementioned homer.
In other news, Major League Baseball fined Jerry Manuel for what they was a delay in Wednesday’s game vs. the Marlins. Manuel has since said that he was not intentionally trying to stall.