Scott Erickson hadn't played in the Major Leagues since August, 2002, when he was with the Baltimore Orioles. Last night, he started for the Mets against the Florida Marlins. Dontrell Willis started for the Marlins and was 5-0 with a 1.05 ERA against the Mets. The Mets and Erickson were presented with a tough task, but Erickson pitched solidly, throwing for 6 innings, and allowing only 1 earned run. Despite his performance and Willis giving up 5 runs, the Mets failed to hold on for the win, losing 6-5 (box score).
Entering the bottom of the ninth, the Mets turned to Braden Looper, the Former Marlin to close the game. Three singles in a row by the Marlins and an error by Mike Cameron led to a tie game. Lenny Harris, a former Met hit a single to take a one-run lead. In the bottom of the inning, Armando Benitez, also a former Met, closed out the game, dropping the Mets back to .500 and into a tie with the Marlins for 3rd. Benitez's performance was something the Mets never saw consistently when he was in Flushing, which was clear when fans booed him when he came onto the field.
Also yesterday, the Mets traded Karim Garcia to the Baltimore Orioles for Mike DeJean. The move adds another arm to the Mets bullpen and helps thin a crowded outfield. DeJean is 0-5 with a 6.13 ERA in 37 games this season.