The Mets opened a new season with a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds today in a rain soaked Great American Ballpark.
Johan Santana who started the game got in trouble a couple of times, but for the most part delivered a solid performance today. He pitched 5.2 innings and allowed just a run on 3 hits while walking 4 and striking out 7 batters. Santana is 10-0 as a Met in his last ten decisions. It was gutsy performance by Johan who looks like he’s primed for a Cy-Young type season!
The first run of the game came via a solo homerun by Dan Murphy in the 5th inning to break the scoreless deadlock. Murphy then came back an inning later and drove in the second run of the game on a bases loaded fielders choice grounder to the right side of the infield.
Carlos Delgado and Ryan Church both had two hits in the game, and Church also made a great diving catch, bobbled the ball a little, and fired it to first base for a huge double play. Church also had a stolen base.
The bullpen was absolutely perfect as they held the Reds hitless and scoreless for 3.1 innings. Sean Green relieved Santana and pitched 1.1 innings, followed by Putz who pitched the 8th inning and Frankie Rodriguez pitched the ninth, striking out the final batter for his first save as a Met. K-Rod!!!
The Mets are now 31-17 on Opening Day with Santana winning his second in a row as a Met. The Mets now own the best Opening Day record in the Major Leagues.
Great starting pitching, great defense, great relief pitching and timely hitting all added up to a nice win for the Metsies!