Mets-Phillies: Oliver Perez Pitches a Gem for New York

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IJuly 24, 2008

Today felt like a game that should have been played in September because it was so big. The Mets took total control of first place today with a 3-1 win against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Mets started Oliver Perez, who is known to be shaky from time to time, but he threw the ball well today. Perez went seven-and-two-thirds innings, struck out twelve, walked one, and gave up only one run.

The biggest problem Ollie had to deal with was in the eighth when he had two on with two out and a three-two count to Ryan Howard. He would hit Howard and would be taken out for Aaron Heilman, who got the third and final out of the inning.

The only run he gave up was in the ballgame was when Jayson Werth crushed one into dead center.

However, Phillies' starter Jamie Moyer almost equally matched Oliver Perez's pitching performance. Moyer went seven innings, striking out six, and let up one run on two hits. The one run coming from a David Wright single that scored Jose Reyes.

Moyer went seven, and then skipper Charlie Manuel decided to turn to his bullpen in the eighth. J.C. Romero got the call, but he did not do so well. With a Cancel single to left and David Wright being intentionally walked, Carlos Delgado came up and Delgado made Romero pay for intentionally walking Wright, with a two-run double down the left-field line, which gave the Mets the lead.

Delgado was thrown out going for a triple.

To end the game, Billy Wagner came in and closed the door down for the Mets, as they won 3-1. Wagner earned save No. 26.