June 29, 2008: Perez Leads Four-Hitter Over Yanks

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Date: June 29, 2008
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 3
Yankees: 1
Winning pitcher: Oliver Perez
Key player(s): Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo, Carlos Delgado
Key play: Castillo’s single in 2nd, Delgado’s home run

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a Subway Series in front of 56,277 fans on hand. Oliver Perez and a pair of relievers teamed up for a four-hitter in a 3-1 Mets win over their cross-city rivals.

Following a scoreless first inning, Perez set down the Yanks in order in the top of the second. Endy Chavez and Brian Schneider got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom half. Perez’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third and a walk to Jose Reyes loaded the bases. Luis Castillo got an infield single to drive home Chavez with the first run of the game. Yankees’ starter Darrell Rasner then got David Wright on a force play ground ball to third baseman Alex Rodriguez to end the inning.

Perez retired the side 1-2-3 again in the top of the third. With one out in the bottom half, Carlos Delgado homered for a 2-0 Mets lead. Ryan Church hit a single and moved to second base on Chavez’s ground out to first baseman Jorge Posada. Schneider was given an intentional walk and Perez went down on strikes for the inning’s final out. Oliver yielded just a single to Derek Jeter in the top of the fourth. The Mets were then held to a single by Castillo in a scoreless bottom half.

Perez hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Rasner shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning and Oliver gave up only a two-out single to Johnny Damon in the top of the sixth. Yanks’ reliever David Robertson (in his major league debut) struck out Perez to open the bottom half. Reyes and Castillo followed with consecutive singles and a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third base. Wright hit a sacrifice fly to score Reyes with the Mets’ third run. Robertson then got Carlos Beltran to fly out to center fielder Melky Cabrera and finish off the inning.

Rodriguez popped out to third baseman Wright to begin the top of the seventh. Posada flied out to right fielder Church and a home run by Wilson Betemit ensued. Cabrera reached on shortstop Reyes’ error and Perez got Jose Molina on an inning-ending fly ball to Church. Robertson pitched a scoreless bottom half and Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. For the Yankees, Edwar Ramirez hurled a perfect bottom of the inning.

Jeter singled against the Mets’ Billy Wagner to lead off the top of the ninth. A wild pitch sent Jeter to second base and Rodriguez flied out to left fielder Chavez. Posada was retired on a ground ball to Reyes. Wagner then threw a called third strike past Betemit to end the game. The Mets had concluded the Subway Series with a victory.