March 31, 2003: Glavine's Met Debut

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Date: March 31, 2003
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 2
Cubs: 15
Winning pitcher: Kerry Wood
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, Mike Bacsik, Corey Patterson
Key play: Patterson's two home runs, Cubs' nine runs in 6th and 7th

A crowd of 53,586 people at Shea Stadium watched the Mets open the 2003 season on a Monday afternoon versus the Chicago Cubs. Tom Glavine, who signed a four-year $42.5 million contract with the Mets after spending 15 years with the Atlanta Braves, took the mound, but lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and five walks. The Cubs battered reliever Mike Bacsik for nine runs in the 6th and 7th innings and cruised to a 15-2 win, the largest blowout loss for an opening day game in Met history.

Glavine led off the game by walking Mark Grudzielanek, then allowed a double to Alex Gonzalez. Sammy Sosa's single scored Grudzielanek before Moises Alou's double scored two more runs and Cliff Floyd's error allowed Alou to go to third. Glavine struck out Hee-Seop Choi before walking Mark Bellhorn. Corey Patterson's single scored Alou before Damian Miller hit into an inning-ending double play.

Cubs starter Kerry Wood pitched a scoreless first. In the second, he allowed a leadoff single to Mo Vaughn before hitting Ty Wigginton with a pitch. Jeromy Burnitz's double scored Vaughn and Rey Sanchez's groundout scored Wigginton, but Wood retired Glavine and Roger Cedeno to end the inning. Wood and three relievers shut out the Mets for the rest of the game.

In the top of the third, Glavine allowed a leadoff double to Choi and after Bellhorn grounded out, Patterson's single scored Choi to put the Cubs up 5-2. Patterson was caught stealing second before Miller struck out to end the inning.

Next inning, Glavine allowed a one-out single to Grudzielanek, then walked Sosa an out later before being pulled from the game. Scott Strickland in relief walked Alou before Choi flew out to end the inning. Strickland walked Bellhorn to lead off the fifth. He stole second and moved to third on a groundout before scoring on Wood's single to make it 6-2 Cubs.

Next inning, the Cubs loaded the bases on a single and two walks off of Mike Bacsik. Bellhorn's sacrifice fly scored a run before Patterson's three-run home run made it 10-2 Cubs. In the seventh, they again loaded the bases off of Bacsik on three straight two-out walks before Bellhorn cleared them with a triple. Patterson then homered to make it 15-2 Cubs. Graeme Lloyd and David Weathers held the Cubs scoreless in the eighth and ninth, respectively, while Cubs' Joe Borowski retired Sanchez on a fly ball for the final out of the game.