In yesterday afternoon's 7-5 win against the Phillies, two Mets made their season debuts after coming off the disabled list. Kris Benson started his first game of the season and threw for 4.2 strong innings while allowing 5 hits and 2 runs. While he didn't pick up the victory, Benson's performance was encouraging after his recovery from a strained pectoral muscle. Mike Cameron, who also played his first game of the season, had a good day at the plate, going 2-4 with 2 runs scored.
While he didn't make his season debut yesterday, it certainly seems like Mike Piazza has been missing all season. Entering yesterday's game Piazza was hitting below the Mendoza Line, but that all changed with a 4-5 performance. One of Piazza's hits was a 3-run home run in the 8th inning, which gave the Mets a healthy cushion they would later need.
Aaron Heilman, who moved to the bullpen with the return of Benson, picked up the win in 3.1 innings of duty. Hopefully, Heilman can steady up the shaky bullpen that seems to make every game unnecessarily competitive with its knack of giving up runs.
The Mets head to Milwaukee for the weekend as they take on the sizzling Brewers who have won 7 straight including a 3-game sweep of the Cubs.
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