Mets Get First Win

The Mets defeated the Cardinals 4-2 behind some stellar pitching and a lineup nearly devoid of projected opening day starters. Steve Trachsel started and got the win as Jason Phillips homered, and Raul Gonzalez and Prentice Redman both drove in runs.

In his two innings of work, Trachsel made quick work of the Cardinals facing the minimum six hitters, allowing just a walk to Scott Rolen who was erased moments later on a double play ball hit by Edgar Renteria. Cards starter nearly matched Trachsel, allowing just one run on a Jason Phillips homer.

Grant Roberts came on in the third and allowed a leadoff single to light-hitting catcher Mike Matheny, before retiring the side by striking out Kerry Robinson. Roberts labored somewhat in the fourth, allowing a booming double to Albert Pujols and a walk to Reggie Sanders, before wiggling off the hook by striking out Scott Rolen and getting Renteria to ground out.

The Mets offense was quiet until the fifth inning, when David Wright took one for the team with one out. After Vance Wilson flied to center, Danny Garcia singled and Eric Valent drew a walk to load the bases. The Mets failed to score when Jeff Duncan ended the threat by flying to center.

Orber Moreno worked another impressive inning in the bottom of the fifth, striking out two redbirds in the process.

The Mets stranded another runner in the sixth, when Chris Basak was left at second as Craig Brazell ended the inning by driving the ball to the warning track in right. Ricky Botallico pitched a perfect frame in the bottom half of the inning, setting the stage for the Mets big 7th inning rally.

With Evan Rust on to pitch, the Mets got started when Jesse Levis stung his first of two hits on the day and Aaron Baldiris and Esix Snead drew walks to load the bases. Raul Gonzalez continued his strong spring by driving home two runs, and Prentice Redman singled to plate the Mets fourth and final run on the day.

After Jose Diaz worked a solid inning allowing just a walk and fanning Reggie Sanders, Dan Wheeler ran into some trouble in the eighth due to an Esix Snead error. With a runner on first, Snead dropped the third out on Hector Luna's flyball allowing a run to score, and moments later Emil Brown drove home Luna with a basehit. Wheeler induced a flyball from John Mabry to end the inning, and cruised through the ninth allowing just a bunt single to Marlon Anderson.

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