Mets Defeat Phillies, 8-2 In Home Night Game Opener
By Dan Miller
The New York Mets tried to put Monday’s last Home Opener at Shea 5-2 loss to the Phillies behind them. a
Pelfrey, attempting to bunt, hit a squibbler in front of the plate, which the Phillies catcher snagged and threw to third, pulling the third baseman off the bag. All runners were safe. The bases were loaded for Jose Reyes, who quickly grounded to short. The ball went under the glove of shortstop Eric Brunlett, scoring Church from third. Jose Pagan doubled sharply inside the third base bag, driving in Easley and Pelfrey with two more runs. David Wright hit a grounder, which went under the shortstops’ glove for an error and Pagan scored from second base to end the inning.
Willie Randolph decided that Pelfrey had enough on this rainy night. He sent in relief pitcher Jorge Sosa to pitch in the top of the sixth. Sosa pitched a perfect inning.
In the seventh, the Mets put the first two batters on base on a walk to Easley and a single to right by Schneider, moving Easley to second. Marlon Anderson batted for Sosa and flied out to deep center, with Easley tagging up and moving to third. Jose Reyes came up with runners on first and third and hit into a double play. It was a strange play, to say the least. The ball was fielded by the second baseman, who ran Schneider back to first and before he could tag the runner, he tossed the ball to first baseman Howard to make the put-out before tagging the runner. This allowed the runner to score, giving the Mets an 8-2 lead.
Left-hander Pedro Feliciano pitched the eighth inning for the Mets.
Right-handed pitcher Carlos Muniz came in to pitch the ninth.
The Mets players of the game were Pelfrey, who pitched five innings of five-hit ball, giving up only two runs, and Pagan who had a double, two walks scored two runs and had an rbi.
It took the Mets three hours and three minutes to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 to bring their record to 3-4 and put them 1.5 games behind the Florida Marlins, who defeated the Washington Nationals 10-4 and who remain in first place in the National League East.
The paid attendance for the game was 47,127.
The Empire State Building went orange and blue in honor of the Mets’ final home Opening Night at Shea Stadium.
The Mets announced that for the third year in a row they have partnered with the personal tax team of Gilman Ciocia, Inc. to offer free tax preparation and filing to Mets fans attending games on April 12, 13 and 15. Professional accountants from Gilman and Ciocia will be located at the Mets’ Team Store behind home plate on the Field Level throughout the game to provide this complimentary tax preparation service.