With Rachel Robinson in attendance for Jackie Robinson day, every player that stepped foot onto the Shea Stadium field wore number 42. The Mets took the first game of the three-game series against the Nationals, 6-0.
Mike Pelfrey (2-0) pitched seven shutout innings, while Aaron Heilman gave the Mets a scoreless eighth. The best news of the day was that Duaner Sanchez returned for the Mets for the first time since his taxi accident in 2006. He gave up one hit, but no runs and struck out one in his return.
At the plate, David Wright connected with his fourth home run of the season in the first inning, just one year after hitting no home runs in the month of April. Wright continued to swing the bat well, smacking two doubles and concluded the day with five RBI.
Welcome back, Jose Reyes. After several days of rest, Reyes started quick with a first inning single, then had a double and a triple later on in the game. I think what Jose really needed was the rest that he was able to get. Look for the Mets to give him more days off this season to keep him fresh throughout.
As for the Nats, Paul Lo Duca returned to Shea for warm-ups but is a bit banged up, so he hopes to play sometime in this series. Lastings Milledge came up to bat and was booed badly, but had a double to shut the fans up. Of course, the fans were very happy with the results immediately after. He was caught stealing third on a great throw by Brian Schneider.
Next Mets Test:
The Mets will continue their three-game series with the Washington Nationals at Shea with a 7:10 pm first pitch tonight. John Maine (0-1, 4.50) will face Matt Chico (0-2, 3.72)