April 7, 1987: Mets Defeat Pirates in Opener
|Date: April 7, 1987|
|Mets starter: Bob Ojeda|
|Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda|
|Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry|
|Key play: Strawberry's home run in 1st|
The Mets began defense of their World Championship on a Tuesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Before the Opening Day game, the Mets' players received their championship rings and the pennant flag was raised. The Mets then defeated the Pirates, 3-2.
The Mets got out to a lead on Darryl Strawberry's three-run homer off Pittsburgh's Bob Patterson in the first inning. The Pirates had two runners on base in each of the first three innings, but failed to score against Mets' starter Bob Ojeda. In the fourth and fifth, Ojeda got Pittsburgh batters to ground into double plays that thwarted other scoring chances.
In the top of the sixth, Andy Van Slyke hit a one-out triple off Ojeda and scored on Jim Morrison's single. The Pirates had two runners on base with one out in the seventh when Ojeda got Johnny Ray for another double play grounder. Meanwhile, the Mets were unable to add to their lead against Patterson and reliever Brian Fisher.
Jesse Orosco set down the Pirates in order in the top of the eighth inning. In the ninth, Sid Bream and pinch-hitter Onix Concepcion led off with singles. Following an out, Orosco walked Barry Bonds to load the bases before giving up a single to Junior Ortiz that scored Bream. Jesse then retired Ray on a liner to second baseman Wally Backman and got Bobby Bonilla on a grounder to Backman to end the game. The Mets started their season with a victory.