The New York Mets dropped their first game of the 2011 season to the Florida Marlins behind a predictably good pitching performance by Josh Johnson. Regardless, there were still some highlights for the Mets despite the 6-2 loss.
Willie Harris, who was originally signed to a minor league deal to fill out the bench, led the Mets offense with two hits, including a double, and a run scored. Harris was filling in for the injured Jason Bay, but if the utility man can continue to hit like that, Mets fans won’t miss Bay for long. It was also nice seeing Carlos Beltran come back after seemingly an eternity, and going 1-4 with a double, RBI, and run scored. Beltran also appeared comfortable in right-field, even showing off his gun of an arm when a runner thought about scoring.
Both Rule 5 picks, Brad Emaus and Pedro Beato, were stellar in their respective Major League debuts. Emaus have a few particularly nice plays at second base and even drew a walk against the Fish’s ace, Josh Johnson. Besides giving up a double to John Buck, Beato pitched two scoreless innings with no walks, no strikeouts, and three hits.
Let’s hope the Mets can bounce back against Ricky Nolasco in game two.