April 1, 2007: Mets Win Opener in St. Louis
|Date: April 1, 2007|
|Mets starter: Tom Glavine|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine|
|Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Paul Lo Duca|
|Key play: Delgado's double in 3rd, Lo Duca's single in 4th|
To start the new season, the Mets faced the Cardinals on a Sunday night. In St. Louis for the first time since the previous year's National League Championship Series, the Mets put on an offensive display with 12 hits. They came away with a 6-1 win over the Cards.
After two scoreless innings, the Mets put two runners on base in the third against Cardinals' starter Chris Carpenter. Carlos Delgado delivered a two-out double to score Paul Lo Duca and Carlos Beltran for a 2-0 lead. With two out in the fourth, Lo Duca singled with the bases loaded to bring home Shawn Green and Jose Valentin. Beltran then added a single to score Jose Reyes for a five-run Met lead.
Glavine got through five innings with three-hit shutout ball. In the sixth, St. Louis got a run on a double by David Eckstein that scored Skip Schumaker from first base. Preston Wilson followed with a single on which center fielder Beltran's throw nailed Eckstein at the plate. The Cards then loaded the bases before Glavine got Yadier Molina to pop up to shortstop Reyes for the final out.
Three Mets relief pitchers teamed up for scoreless seventh and eighth innings. In the top of the ninth, Lo Duca singled off St. Louis reliever Brad Thompson to score David Newhan. Billy Wagner then retired the Cards in the bottom half to end the game. The Mets began the season with a victory over the team that had knocked them off for the pennant.