In the first game of the opening three-game series of the season, Johan Santana and the Mets offense cruised by the Marlins in Miami today, 7-2. Santana (1-0) struck out eight batters in seven innings, while bringing a no-hitter into the fourth inning. That no-hitter was broken up by Marlins outfielder Josh Willingham, who took advantage of a rare Johan mistake and knocked a two-run homer to deep, deep left field, bringing the Marlins within four runs.
The Mets (1-0) offense did just as well as they look. While they never hit a home run, the RBI’s were popping up left and right. David Wright did a fabulous job at the plate with his perfect bat, smacking two hits and three RBI’s to go along with it.
Also with RBI’s today was Jose Reyes, Ryan Church, and Angel Pagan. Reyes had a nice day at the plate, but the call that the umpire made when he tried stealing second base was horrendous. Reyes was obviously safe by a long shot, just one example of several horrible calls by that umpire crew throughout the afternoon
There were several check-swing appeals for both the Mets and the Marlins (0-1) that the base umpires seemed to be sleeping on. Santana shouldn’t even have had as many strikeouts as he had, but the check-swing calls went his way.
Matt Wise came in to relieve Santana, but he didn’t quite do his job. He gave up two quick hits, causing manager Willie Randolph to quickly send in Scott Schoeneweis.
Schoeneweis never gave up any hits (if anyone can remember, he was great on the road, horrible at home last season).
Jorge Sosa followed Schoenweis and came up with a key strikeout, running into the dugout pumping his fist in celebration.
Since it wasn’t a save situation, Billy Wagner was not needed. The Mets instead turned to Aaron Heilman to end the game and call it a day. Heilman pitched a perfect ninth and assured the Mets of an opening day win in their third straight
Next Mets Test:
The Mets and Marlins play the second game of a three-game series tomorrow at 7:10 pm in Miami. Veteran righty Pedro Martinez will face Rick VandenHurk, who went 4-6 last season with a 6.83 ERA.