Showing posts with label 2013 Opening Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2013 Opening Day. Show all posts

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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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.

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Mets Opening Day Game Notes

Mets Opening Day Game Notes:

David Wright has at least one hit in every Home Opener since making his first Opening Day roster in 2005...Wright is hitting .375 (12-32) with three home runs and nine RBI on Opening Day...Wright is making his ninth Opening Day start today, tying him for the third-most in team history with Jerry Grote and Howard Johnson...Only Tom Seaver (11) and Bud Harrelson (11) have started more Opening Days in franchise history.

David Wright was named the fourth captain in team history on March 21...Wright joins Keith Hernandez (1987-1989), Gary Carter (1988-1989) and John Franco (2001-2004) as captains in Mets history...He was recently named to the 2013 All-World Baseball Classic team after hitting .438 with 10 RBI during the tournament.

Jonathon Niese will make his first Opening Day start...Tom Seaver holds the team mark making 11 Opening Day starts...Niese will become the 22nd pitcher to start on Opening Day game for the Mets.

Stats Don't Lie: The Mets are 15 games over .500 on Opening Day despite only outscoring their opponents by eight runs (223-215).

Opening Day Offense: The Mets have scored 10 or more runs four times on Opening Day, including an Opening Day-high 12 runs on April 4, 1994 against the Cubs...New York surrendered an Opening Day-worst 15 runs to the Cubs in a 15-2 setback at Shea on March 31, 2003.

April 1: The Mets are 3-2 all-time when starting the season on April 1.

Preview: Opening Day - Game 1 - Padres at Mets

Preview: Opening Day - Game 1 - Padres at Mets

Two main attractions will be missing when the New York Mets host San Diego in their season opener Monday.

Chase Headley, the biggest bat on the Padres and last season's NL RBI leader, is sidelined for a few weeks with a broken thumb.

Johan Santana's future is far more precarious.

After re-tearing the anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder, the one-time Mets ace is scheduled for another surgery Tuesday that he hopes can save his career.

So the opening day assignment goes to Jonathon Niese, suddenly thrust into the role of No. 1 starter for a team that traded Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey during the offseason.

"It's Jon Niese's turn. He's now that guy," manager Terry Collins said Sunday at Citi Field.

Born on the day the Mets won the 1986 World Series, Niese established career bests across the board last season when he went 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA in 190 1-3 innings.

The fast-working lefty will face a Padres lineup also minus promising young catcher Yasmani Grandal, suspended for the first 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. Left fielder Carlos Quentin should be ready to go, though, after he was slowed this spring with discomfort in his surgically repaired right knee. Top prospect Jedd Gyorko takes over at second base.

Niese said this spring he won't try to "fill anyone's shoes." But he acknowledged Sunday that he'll probably be a little anxious on opening day.

Pitching for the Padres will be Edinson Volquez, set to make his third consecutive opening day start. He got the ball last year for San Diego and in 2011 with Cincinnati.

Volquez, an All-Star with the Reds in 2008, has a tendency to be wild. But he played a pivotal role for the Dominican Republic team that won the World Baseball Classic this spring.

The right-hander was 11-11 with a 4.14 ERA last season after he and Grandal were part of the four-player package Cincinnati sent to San Diego for pitcher Mat Latos in December 2011.

"Edinson Volquez is very capable of throwing a hell of a game," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I think our guys are physically and mentally ready to do it. They're in a good frame of mind."

Rusty Staub, a member of the Mets' Hall of Fame, will throw out the first pitch Monday as the club celebrates the 40th anniversary of its 1973 pennant. ... The Mets will honor hundreds of Hurricane Sandy responders and volunteers in a ceremony on the field before the 1:10 p.m. game. The team donated 1,000 opening day tickets to storm responders and those affected by the destruction. ... Days before the opener, the Mets were offering free seats to games later in the week to fans buying opening day tickets. ... Despite losing their first eight openers, the Mets are 33-18 on opening day - the best mark in baseball.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Mets Notes: Le Grand Orange, Rusty Staub will throw out the first pitch opening day

Rusty Staub will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Citi Field.

Staub will be celebrating his 69th birthday Monday.

The Mets previously announced that "Shameless" star Emmy Rossum would sing the national anthem.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Mets Notes: Emmy Rosum will sing the National Anthem Opening Day

Mets Notes:

"Shameless" star Emmy Rossum will sing the national anthem at Citi Field before Monday's season opener against the San Diego Padres.

She will be joined by the Scholars’ Academy children’s choir from Far Rockaway.
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