Even many of the diehards who'd otherwise dutifully attend a mid-September game against the 48–97 Pirates likely stayed away from Citi Field last night, what with The Darkness descending on Queens and with service interrupted on the 7 train and Long Island Railroad. (The AP estimated the crowd to be "in the hundreds" when the game began.) Those brave souls who made it, though, saw Mike Pelfrey notch his fifteenth victory and their team sweep the Pirates to move a game over .500. (And anyone who had tickets can redeem them for admission to a game during the September 27 to 30 series against Milwaukee.) By the way, in lieu of a true game story — because, really, what's the point at this stage? — the Times suggests that injuries and the possibility of limiting the innings of the staff's young pitchers have set the stage for Oliver Perez to perhaps start pitching regularly again, though they won't necessarily need a replacement for Jenrry Mejia until next week.
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