National League Game Summary - San Diego at New York|
(Monday, April 1st)
Final Score: New York 11, San Diego 2
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - 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.
"The adrenaline was pumping, I'm not going to lie," Niese said of his first
Opening Day start. "As far as the anxiety, it really wasn't much."
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 ball-strike ratio wasn't great," San Diego manager Bud Black said of
Volquez. "There were a lot of two-out hits. He just couldn't make pitches at
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-
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
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
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.
04/01 19:36:15 ET