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Monday, April 01, 2013

Happy Recap: Opening Day - Game 1 - Padres (2) at Mets (11) - Cowgill opens with a bang, Niese gets the win

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N.Y. Mets (1-0)«02230040x11131

W: J. Niese (1-0) L: E. Volquez (0-1)
HR: SD - Y. Alonso (1)   NYM - C. Cowgill (1)

Final Score: New York 11, San Diego 2

Jon Niese allowed just two runs over 6 2/3 innings and helped his own cause with a pair of hits, an RBI and a run scored, as the New York Mets opened their 2013 campaign with an 11-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday at Citi Field.

Niese (1-0) scattered four hits and walked two with four strikeouts, while Collin Cowgill clubbed a grand slam and scored twice for the Mets, who have won 34 of their last 44 Opening Day games and own the best winning percentage (.654) on Opening Day in major league history.

Marlon Byrd finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored, while John Buck and Ruben Tejada each added two hits, an RBI and two runs scored for New York, which finished 74-88 last season.

Yonder Alonso stroked a solo home run and Carlos Quentin knocked in the other run for the Padres, who struggled to a 76-86 mark a year ago and missed the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

San Diego starter Edinson Volquez (0-1) was tagged for six runs on six hits and three walks over three-plus innings in defeat.

The Mets jumped on top in the second inning, as Buck kept the frame alive with a two-out walk before coming around to score on Tejada's double into the left- field corner.

Tejada alertly moved to third on the throw to the plate before Niese slapped a single the opposite way to score Tejada for a 2-0 lead.

San Diego cut the margin in half on Quentin's two-out RBI single in the top of the third, but the Mets answered with a pair in the bottom half to seize control.

David Wright got things started with a one-out single and promptly stole second before moving to third on a groundout. Byrd then delivered a two-out, two-strike single to left-center field and after Lucas Duda worked a walk, Buck scorched a line-drive single into center field to score Byrd and give the Mets a 4-1 cushion.

Volquez ran into more trouble in the fourth, as he issued a leadoff walk to his pitching counterpart before Cowgill followed with a double. Anthony Bass then replaced Volquez and Daniel Murphy smacked his first offering into right field to score Niese.

Murphy then moved to second on a wild pitch before Cowgill scored on Wright's groundout. Bass looked poised to escape the jam after striking out Ike Davis, but Byrd belted a two-out single to left field to score Murphy for a 7-1 lead.

San Diego got one back in the sixth on Alonso's leadoff blast, but Cowgill's grand slam in the bottom of the seventh put to rest any hopes of a San Diego comeback.

Game Notes

Cowgill is the second Met to hit a grand slam on Opening Day after Todd Hundley accomplished the feat in 1995 ... New York was 4-3 against the Padres last season ... Niese became the 22nd pitcher in team history to make an Opening Day start ... The Mets announced Saturday that pitcher Johan Santana will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder ... Volquez was making his third straight Opening Day start ... Wright finished with an RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases.

Box Score:

Chris Denorfia RF311000010.333
  Dale Thayer P000000000.000
  Joe Thatcher P000000000.000
Everth Cabrera SS200000000.000
Yonder Alonso 1B411100100.250
Carlos Quentin LF201100010.500
  Mark Kotsay PH-LF100000000.000
Jedd Gyorko 2B-3B401010001.250
Nick Hundley C400000002.000
Cameron Maybin CF400000001.000
Cody Ransom 3B200000002.000
  Anthony Bass P000000000.000
  Jesus Guzman PH100000000.000
  Brad Brach P000000000.000
  Will Venable RF100000000.000
Edinson Volquez P100000000.000
  Alexi Amarista 2B200000000.000
Collin Cowgill CF-LF522410102.400
Daniel Murphy 2B512100000.400
David Wright 3B411100010.250
Ike Davis 1B500000004.000
Marlon Byrd RF512200001.400
Lucas Duda LF200000021.000
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis PR-CF100000001.000
John Buck C422100010.500
Ruben Tejada SS422110001.500
Jon Niese P2121000101.000
  Brandon Lyon P000000000.000
  Jordany Valdespin PH110000000.000
  Scott Atchison P000000000.000
  Scott Rice P000000000.000

E_C.Ransom, R.Tejada. LOB_San Diego 6, NY Mets 8. 2B_J.Gyorko, C.Cowgill, R.Tejada. HR_Y.Alonso (1) off J.Niese, C.Cowgill (1) off B.Brach. S_E.Cabrera. SB_D.Wright 2 (2).

Edinson Volquez (L 0-1)3.066634079-4018.00
Anthony Bass3.031103044-313.00
Brad Brach0.244411128-1754.00
Dale Thayer1.000012023-130.00
Joe Thatcher0.10000001-10.00
Jon Niese (W 1-0)6.2422241101-622.70
Brandon Lyon0.10000002-20.00
Scott Atchison1.000000014-80.00
Scott Rice1.000002014-90.00

E.Volquez pitched to 2 batters in the 4th.

HBP_by J.Niese (E.Cabrera).
WP_A.Bass, D.Thayer.
T_3:01. A_41053.
Umpires_Home,Tim McClelland; First, Jerry Meals; Second, Marvin Hudson; Third, Jordan Baker.

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