Mets home opener bumps count up to 7,326

The Philadelphia Phillies’ Shane Victorino hit a first-inning single off New York Mets starter Oliver Perez Tuesday to bump the count to 7,326 games.

Perez had a strong performance, yielding just 2 more hits – and no earned runs – over 5 2/3 innings. But it was wasted, as a less-than-spectacular bullpen and an error by Carlos Delgado contributed to a late-inning collapse and a 5-2 loss.

Tuesday’s game marked the final home season opener at Shea Stadium, as the Mets next year move into new digs just beyond Shea’s outfield wall.

No word yet if Citi Field will incorporate a nonos count, but with all those new fancy high-def scoreboards throughout the stadium, there’s got to be room for one four digit number, right?

If not, I guess I could put the count on one of those Citi Field Fanwalk bricks, but then I’d have to pay someone to go by and change it with a Sharpie every time a starting pitcher yielded a hit. That could get a tad expensive.

Maybe the way to go is to get Citi or some other big corporation to buy the naming rights for our count. That’d be worth at least six figures, wouldn’t it?

In other news Tuesday, the Mets placed relief pitcher Matt Wise on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised forearm. To take his roster spot, the Mets called up Carlos Muniz from the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs, and he pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

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