The first New York Mets game of 2013 is over, and the Mets won 5-3.
It’s the first time I’ve watched the Mets play since the Miami Marlins defeated them 4-3 on October 2nd, 2012, the game where Adam Greenberg finally got his major league at-bat.
Today was more fun. Ruben Tejada hit a wind-aided home run off of Stephen Strasburg. Zack Wheeler got to make his unofficial New York Mets debut. Collin Cowgill made a nice catch, hit a double and scored from second base on an error by Washington first baseman Micah Owings. Bobby Parnell kind of looked like a closer.
Sure, it’s just one game… and a Grapefruit League game at that. But this season is going to be about enjoying things where we find them.
I always keep a scorecard for the first baseball game that I watch each year, even if it is a spring training game on SNY.
I suspect I’ll end up scoring a few more games this spring as I continue to tweak my scorecard design. (I lost the original file for the scorecard I’ve been using for the last few seasons, so I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to revise it for 2013.)
I’m still concerned that having only two spaces per batting order slot will be a problem, but I like having more room to write player names.
I definitely need to clean up the “Game Notes” section some more, and I’m not happy with the way the running totals blend with the inning totals at the bottom of the page.
I meant to post this last week, on the anniversary of the only no-hitter I’ve ever seen live. But then I forgot. So here we go, one week late:
On Aug. 4th, 2010 I saw Southern Maryland Blue Crabs pitchers Joe Newby and Jim Ed Warden combine to no-hit a Newark Bears lineup that included former major leaguers Carl Everett, Daryle Ward, Brian Barton, Eric Munson and Pablo Ozuna.
Newby was cruising along for the first six innings – a third inning walk was all that separated him from perfection.
A seventh inning error and a walk presented a bit of a challenge, but a caught stealing and a double play kept the Bears from really threatening. In the eighth, Newby hit Everett to start the inning. However, he was able to strand him at third base.
By the ninth inning, Newby ran out of gas. He walked the leadoff batter, hit Ozuna and walked Kennard Jones and Barton to force in a run. If Newby hadn’t been throwing a no-hitter, I’m sure Butch Hobson wouldn’t have left him in so long. Still, in a 3-1 game, the Blue Crabs’ skipper had his limits.
The Mets managed to hold on to beat the Reds 10-9 yesterday. The Mets swept the Reds and are now 2-0 in the post-Beltran era. Let’s see if their good luck holds up in Washington this weekend. The best part of Thursday’s game was Jason Bay’s 3-for-4 performance, which included a pair of doubles and three RBI. It would sure be nice if he’s turned a corner.
Johan Santana made his first minor league rehab start last night, which is being counted as a success. However, Mets officials are trying to keep expectations low. I’m hoping for the best, but it will be very interesting to see what Santana can do by the time his rehab assignment runs out at the end of August.
I meant to share links to a pair of items earlier this week, but I never got around to it. Julie Rubinstein posted some great photos and the story of her trip to see the Binghamton Mets play the Portland Sea Dogs over at Chicago Mets Fan on Tuesday. Elyse Rothman wrote about “Scoring the Game: Why the Tradition Is Dying and How We Can Keep It Alive” for Bleacher Report (thanks to Squaretender for pointing out the article.) Both are great reads worth a moment of your time this morning.
Tuesday, Carlos Beltran played his final Mets game in Cincinnati. Just over six and a half seasons ago, Beltran played his first game for the Mets in Cincinnati. I guess there’s something to be said for symmetry.
Beltran went 3-for-5 to start his Mets career on Opening Day in 2005. He had a home run and a double off of Reds’ starter Paul Wilson, then added a single off reliever David Weathers in the seventh inning.
The Mets took an early 1-0 lead as Kazuo Matsui hit a first inning home run. Matsui also hit a home run in his first at bat of the season in 2004, making him the first Met to accomplish that feat since Darryl Strawberry did it in 1987 and 1988 (or so the note on my scorecard says.)
The Reds took a 3-1 lead on Adam Dunn‘s three-run homer off of Pedro Martinez in the bottom of the first. Martinez, who was also making his Mets debut, dominated the Reds for the next five innings. He struck out 12 batters over six innings, a record performance for a Mets pitcher on Opening Day.
Beltran’s homer tied the game in the third inning, and his single off Weathers drove in Jose Reyes as the go-ahead run in the seventh. The Mets added two more runs in the inning on Cliff Floyd‘s homer to go up 6-3.