And so it begins…
Johan Santana pitched 5 great innings in his first start back from surgery and an RBI single in the sixth put the Mets on the path to an Opening Day victory.
So a surprising way to pull off an Opening Day victory nonetheless, but I will take every single win we get this year.
Santana took the mound today against Tommy Hanson and out-dueled him for the most part, getting through 5 innings on 84 pitches, 50 of them for strikes. He probably could have gone longer into the game, but he was on a pitch count today and does need to take it easy on the path back from his surgery. 2 H, 2 BB, and 5 K rounded out the line for Santana. Ramon Ramirez took over after and completed an inning and a third, allowing two hits and a walk but managed to vulture the win for the Mets because the only run was scored in the sixth. Byrdak took over with a man left on third and one out after Ramirez and K’d back to back batters. Excellent pitching by the man who showed no signs of coming off recent surgery, either. Rauch and Francisco combined for a perfect 8th and 9th to finish up the game.
Although the Braves were stifled offensively, the Mets got by on their seven hits and four walks. Two hits each for Murphy, Wright, Thole and a single from Hairston covered the entire offense.
Wright singled home Torres in the sixth to score their run and that was that. Davis and Duda had the 0-4 collar on them today with a pair of strikeouts each. Only XBH hit today was a Murphy double.
No errors today for the Mets who looked fine in their revamped ballpark and no DPs turned – while Uggla booted a play for an error on the ATL side.
Hero Of The Game
Johan Santana, who gave us some reason to feel good about his future, and pitched 5 shutout innings. The pitching staff overall combined for a 4-hit shutout.
It could never be all good for us, could it? Andres Torres left the game with a strained calf and was replaced by Scott Hairston. He will be heading to the DL. Hairston, Byrdak, and Santana all looked fine today coming off injuries, however.
The Braves were without Chipper Jones today.
So to reiterate, Ramirez with the W, Byrdak and Rauch with holds, Francisco with save number 1, and Hanson gets saddled with the loss.
The Mets take a well deserved day off tomorrow and continue their series with the Braves on Saturday afternoon at 1:10 with R.A. Dickey looking to give the Mets a series win against Jair Jurrjens.