Last night was the first opportunity I had to watch a game from start to finish. And an interesting game it was.
Oliver Perez sucked. Even before the 5th inning explosion that knocked him out of the game Perez did not have very good stuff. I don’t care how many times Gary Cohen says he only gave up 2 hits through 4 innings. In 4 out of the 5 innings he pitched (4 2/3 really) he allowed the lead off hitter to reach base including a single by opposing pitcher Todd Wellemeyer. He was very wild throwing 43 balls and 33 strikes.
Despite that the Mets were still in the game in the 8th inning when J.J. Putz came in the game and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits to lose the game. I’m not going to come down on Putz (it’s just one bad outing) but anyone who thinks the 8th and 9th innings are guaranteed now that Putz and Francisco Rodriguez are here is disillusioned.
The game also included two Mets being thrown out at the plate (Daniel Murphy and Carlos Beltran). Murphy was also picked off of first base in the first inning and fell in left field while trying to make a play 2 times.
This game was at first hopeful but finally heartbreaking. I hope we’re not in for this kind of thing for the rest of the season.