The Mets fell to the Washington Nationals in extra-innings by the score of 9-7 this afternoon at Citi Field in their season opener.
The excitement of Opening Day makes me feel like a giddy little kid every single year. The beginning of nice weather, and most importantly, the beginning of the baseball season never ceases to make me extremely happy.
The Mets roster was announced in typical Opening Day fashion, followed by a heartfelt tribute to the life of Ralph Kiner and the unveiling of the Ralph Kiner sign in left field. Eric Young, Jr. started in place of Daniel Murphy today, as Daniel’s wife had gone into labor. Andrew Brown, who made the Opening Day roster due to Jonathon Niese starting the season on the disabled list, got the start in left field, as Chris Young stayed out of the lineup with a quadriceps strain.
What you should know:
The Mets got off to an early start in the bottom of the 1st inning, as Juan Lagares and David Wright both singled, and were promptly driven in by a three-run bomb off the bat of none other than Andrew Brown.
The Nationals answered back in the top of the 2nd inning, with a two-run home run off the bat of Adam LaRoche.
The Mets tacked on another run in the bottom of the 2nd, with a sacrifice fly delivered by Eric Young, Jr.
After LaRoche’s home run, Dillon Gee locked in and retired fifteen batters in a row and struck out four, however, he ultimately ended up with a no decision.
Stephen Strasburg got off to a shaky start for Washington, but buckled down, pitching six innings and striking out 10 Mets batters.
Juan Lagares hit a go-ahead solo home run off of Tyler Clippard in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Nationals proceeded to break the game open in the top of the 10th with a passed ball, that led to a sacrifice fly by Ian Desmond off of Jeurys Familia and a three-run home run off the bat of Anthony Rendon, surrendered by John Lannan.
The first challenge in Mets history was used in the top of the 10th inning with two outs. After a close call at first, Nationals manager Matt Williams challenged that Lucas Duda did not tag baserunner Danny Espinosa, however the play was not reversed.
Curtis Granderson went 0-5 in his Mets debut, striking out three times.
David Wright went 3-5 with a two-run home run.
Jose Valverde was impressive in his Mets debut, however, the rest of the bullpen was atrocious.
Juan Lagares was also impressive, not just defensively, but offensively as well.
The Mets have now gone to extra innings seven times in Opening Day history.
The Mets struck out 18 times including four whiffs by Eric Young.
Their record on Opening Day now stands at 32-21.
Player of the Game:
Opening Day’s player of the game goes to Mets center fielder Juan Lagares, who went 2-4 with a walk, three runs scored and a home run.
Nationals 9, Mets 7
Wining pitcher: Aaron Barrett (1-0)
Losing pitcher: Jeurys Familia (0-1)