The Mets took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, winning 5-3.
Hitting from the left side, Carlos Beltran hit a two-run double in the first inning, while Jose Reyes had three hits including a home run in the fourth. Carlos Delgado had two hits to bring his average up to .232, but other sluggers such as David Wright went 0-4 on the day.
John Maine pitched a solid six innings, allowing only two runs and seven hits. Duaner Sanchez pitched two innings, but just had to gave up a run. Billy Wagner notched his thirteenth save of the season, giving up only one hit. His ERA currently sits at an unbelievable .36.
Not often do you see the Mets lose when Reyes does well, and this was a perfect example. When Reyes plays well, you will know for sure the Mets will win. Not only did he have three hits, including a double and a home run, but he also had a stolen base.
Pedro, Mets come out on top vs. San Fran
With the game tied at 1 in what had been a pitchers duel throughout, the Mets put up eight runs in the top of the fifth, as Pedro Martinez recorded his first victory of the season.
You’d thing an eight running inning would be able to seal the deal quite easily, but that’s not how it ended up. The Giants scored two runs in the bottom of that same inning, then threatened with three more in the bottom of the ninth before they ran out of outs.
Barry Zito fell to 1-9 for the Giants. In a rare occasion, the Mets won while Jose Reyes performed badly, going 0-5 on the night. It’s almost certainly a loss for this team when Reyes does bad.
Damion Easley filled in for the not-so-durable Luis Castillo, who has been taking days off due to his sore knee. Castillo said it would eventually return to it’s normal self, but that has not been the case.
Mets blown out by Giants in opener
It wasn’t really the entire team that was blown out in the opening game of a three-game series in San Francisco. It really was Oliver Perez.
A pitcher who can, at times, pitch lights out in clutch games such as game 7 of an NLCS, but can’t even finish half of an inning other times, lasted only 1/3 of an inning, while getting charged with six runs. Claudio Vargas was magnificent in sudden relief, allowing no runs while pitching all the way into the fifth inning.
The six-run first inning all but shot down any inkling that the Mets would come back in this game. The offense did manage to score two runs in the early innings, but the bats were essentially dead before they even tried to wake up.
The only offense consisted of Carlos Delgado’s eighth double of the year, RBIs by Jose Reyes and Luis Castillo, and some other scattered singles. Nobody even had more than one hit.