March 31, 2008: Opening Day Win at Florida
|Date: March 31, 2008|
|Mets starter: Johan Santana|
|Winning pitcher: Johan Santana|
|Key player(s): Johan Santana, David Wright|
|Key play: Mets' 6-run 4th inning|
The Mets and Marlins started the season on a Monday afternoon in Miami. Johan Santana, in his first game as a Met, pitched three-hit ball over seven innings against the Fish. The Mets came away with a 7-2 win over Florida.
Santana and Florida's Mark Hendrickson began the game with three scoreless innings. In the top of the fourth, Carlos Beltran led off with a double and Carlos Delgado drew a walk. Angel Pagan doubled to score Beltran for the first run of the game. Delgado came in to score on Ryan Church's single before Hendrickson retired the next two hitters.
Jose Reyes kept the inning going with a single on which Pagan came home. Luis Castillo walked to load the bases and David Wright delivered a double to score three more runs. The Mets had turned a pitchers' duel into a 6-0 game. The Marlins then scored in the bottom of the inning on Josh Willingham's two-run homer off Santana.
From the fifth inning to the seventh, Santana shut down the Florida batters on only two more hits. He got Matt Treanor for his eighth strikeout of the game to end the seventh. Three Met relievers then combined for a scoreless bottom of the eighth.
The Mets added a run when Marlon Anderson came home on an error by catcher Treanor in the top of the ninth. In the bottom half, Aaron Heilman struck out the first two Marlins hitters and got Luis Gonzalez on a comeback grounder to end the game. For the 30th time, the Mets had a victory on Opening Day.