Oliver gave us just what we needed Friday night. Perez pitched 7.1 shutout innings and led the Mets to a 2–0 win over the Yankees.
We needed to shut the Yankee bats down entirely because the Mets still can’t get it going offensively. They were 1 – 9 with runners in scoring position tonight. Delgado struck out FOUR times. Jose Reyes was the catalyst, going 3–3 with 3 stolen bases. His 5th inning home run was one of the longest and strongest I’ve seen all year, hitting the upper deck of Yankee Stadium.
Carlos Gomez impressed me for the first time this season. He helped manufacture the first Met run, bunting his way on, then stealing second and scoring on a Reyes single.
But it was Gomez’ catch in the 4th inning that may have saved the game. The Yankees had 1st & 2nd with only one out. Cairo hit a shot to left field. Gomez showed alot of poise for a rookie as he lept and reached over the fence to take away a home run, then threw to second to double off Matsui.
Forget about the Yankees: the Mets needed this game badly just to get out of their tailspin. Saturday they get to face Clipboard and remind him he’s still a rookie.
I was surprised how many Met fans were heading up to the Bronx today. Penn Station was loaded with blue and orange shirts at rush hour. DepressedFan will be there tomorrow, trying to wring some good luck out of his Giambi t-shirt. His weekend is already ruined, however, as he predicted a Spankee sweep (Apparently, he spent all week looking for cute photos for his series preview post tonight).
If Delgado can cut his strikeout ratio in half tomorrow, the Mets will be in good shape to make it two in a row.
Meanwhile, Boston won and the Phillies lost. Good night all around.