Luis Castillo ruined quite an impressive box score.
Every Mets’ starting position player had at least one hit, one RBI, and one run scored except for Castillo who wasn’t able to manage the RBI in the 13-0 rout.
Additionally, all of the starting position players except for Jose Reyes (who was relieved later on in the game by Damion Easley) and Brian Schneider had multiple hits.
The starting eight all reached base multiple times, with Reyes walking once and Schneider twice.
David Wright and Ryan Church both homered and had three-RBI nights, while Carlos Beltran had a three-double night.
Beltran had a home run taken away from him when it appeared that his bomb to right field hit off of the top of the wall. Replays on SNY clearly showed that the ball cleared the fence and had deflected off of a guardrail to keep fans from leaning over the fence.
While the bats were most impressive, even more impressive was the pitching of Oliver Perez, who struck out eight over six shutout innings.
No Marlin was able to record an extra base hit off of Mets’ pitching, which saw newcomer Nelson Figueroa and lefties Pedro Feliciano and Billy Wagner get their first action of the season.
Tonight’s performance was a nice distraction from the news that Pedro Martinez will be out for at least four to six weeks with a strained left hamstring.