I caught bits and pieces of this game, sneaking away from the family and the chilly weather, and dashing inside to catch a few pitches every now and then, so here's a brief recap.
Oliver Perez pitched a much better game today. The first five innings of the game showed the classic Perez that Mets fans fell in love with. In control, getting his pitches across, and getting really quick outs. I really loved when he got the first out on the first pitch in two consecutive innings. The sixth was a bit of a different story, but he's working back up to what he's capable of if he just keeps his head in the game.
Carlos Beltran had another big day with the pink bat. Beltran went 2-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs with an RBI double and a two run home run. Ryan Church followed up Beltran's blast with one of his own.
Jose Reyes made things happen, getting three hits and scoring twice. Luis Castillo drove in one and scored twice while picking up two hits before leaving the game with a quad injury. Damion Easley, his replacement, added an RBI as well. David Wright and Moises Alou each added an RBI and had one hit.
Scott Schoeneweis put together a nice appearance, stretching out to 1 2-3 of an inning, allowing three hits but no runs. He struck out three while on the bump. I'd like to see this more out of him, but only in the right situation. We need more Schoeneweis, especially after his great start to the year so far.