Archive for July 17th, 2009

Perez Second Outing Since His Return, Not So Bad

July 17, 2009

In the bottom of the sixth inning of last night’s 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves, Mets starting pitcher Oliver Perez was up around ninety pitches. He had runners on first and third with one out and the score tied at three apiece. After a visit from Mets Pitching Coach Dan Warthen, Perez was ready to go back to work. Following a strike out of Braves outfielder Matt Diaz and a couple of outstanding plays by Mets catcher Brian Schneider, Perez was able to force Casey Kotchman to hit the ball on the ground towards first baseman Daniel Murphy. Instead of throwing the ball to second base for the easy out, Murphy decide to flip the ball to Perez who was covering first base for the third out of the inning, job well done.

If the Mets are to give their fans anything to cheer about for the remainder of their season, coming up on the positive end of situations like the one during the sixth inning is a good place to start. Even though the second half for the Mets began with a loss, their left-hander showed that he had the ability to compete and pitch when he needed to. Perez, who went six solid innings last night, ended up with a no-decision surrendering just three earned runs and five hits. He did produce four walks however they were three less than what he had during his last outing. Perez also struck out six batters. His next start will most likely come against the Washington Nationals some time next week.

For further reading, check a previous post entitled Perez, Take Two.