New Met Adrian Gonzalez plated fellow new Met Todd Frazier with a double to give the Mets a 4-3 lead with one out. Matt Bowman relieved Martinez and retired only one of the five hitters he faced, on a sacrifice bunt, allowing one runner he inherited from Martinez to score. He also walked six batters. Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer in the second inning, the fourth opening day homer of his career. He had 10 strikeouts and no walks over six innings. Tommy Pham and Marcell Ozuna each struck out three times ...
The team picked the flawless day to show off its new gesture after smacking 12 hits against the Cardinals and scoring nine runs in the first game of the 2018 season.
"The season may not be in full swing, but the economic impact of the Mets Opening Day Game has proven to be tremendous, providing one more thing for fans and Citi Field employees to cheer about", James Patchett, EDC's president, said in a statement. New York's wealth (and hopes for this season) rests in the starting rotation as Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz are all healthy and ready to shut down the National League.
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As bad as C. Martinez was, most of the bullpen was no better. Jordan Hicks made his major-league debut in the seventh, allowing a leadoff infield single before getting a double play and striking out Jay Bruce.
Sam Tuivailala issued two walks in the eighth - the eighth and ninth allowed by Cardinals pitchers - and also threw two wild pitches as he allowed the final run.