April 6, 2004: Opening Day Win in Atlanta
|Date: April 6, 2004|
|Mets starter: Tom Glavine|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine|
|Key player(s): Kazuo Matsui, Jason Phillips|
|Key play: Matsui's leadoff homer|
The Mets began the season on a Tuesday night in Atlanta. In each of the first four innings, the Mets scored runs and totaled ten hits for the game. They came out with a 7-2 win over the Braves.
Kazuo Matsui led off the game with a home run in his first major league at bat. In the bottom of the first, Marcus Giles hit a two-run homer off Tom Glavine to put Atlanta ahead. The Mets then came back on Glavine's single to score Jason Phillips and Matsui's double that brought home Glavine for a 3-2 lead in the top of the second.
In the third, Mike Piazza homered off Braves' starter Russ Ortiz with one out. The Mets then loaded the bases and Ortiz walked Ty Wigginton to force home Mike Cameron. The Mets got another run in the inning when Matsui drew a bases-loaded walk from reliever Juan Cruz to make the score 6-2.
Phillips doubled to score Cameron with two out in the top of the fourth. In the bottom of the inning, Glavine retired the Braves in order. Tom did so again in the fifth and completed his day with a scoreless bottom of the sixth.
For the Mets, David Weathers pitched perfect seventh and eighth innings before Braden Looper came in to pitch the ninth. Looper got Andruw Jones to hit into a double play and Julio Franco for a force play grounder to end the game. The Mets had an Opening Day victory.