[sny-box color="fff"]The Least You Should Know:
The Mets scored six runs in three innings against Padres starter Edinson Volquez, including RBI hits for Ruben Tejada, Jon Niese, Marlon Byrd and John Buck.
Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Byrd later drove in runs, prior to Colin Cowgill hitting a grand slam in the seventh inning.
Jon Niese let up 2 runs in 6.2 innings, while striking out 4 batters and walking 2.
Scott Rice pitched the game's final out, making his big-league debut 14 years after being drafted.
The Mets had 13 hits by seven different players, as well as 10 walks.[/sny-box]
To get a full recap and complete boxscore, go here on SNY.TV.
Wow, I mean, you can't ask for a better Opening Day game to watch. Exciting, especially with an off day tomorrow...
Nice job, Niese. Today was a continuation of what we saw from his last year, and through Spring Training. He had a nice rhythm going, used all of his pitches (specifically his cutter and change-up), and he totally controlled the pace and activity of the game. He has really matured as a pitcher over the last year. If he's healthy and has better stamina, he's going to have a really nice year. It was also cool to see Niese and Buck working together, struggling, but adjusting, and working the entire 6.2 innings. I'm really looking forward to what he brings in 2013.
Lastly, Buck may have caused in earthquake some place with the way he was charging around the bases to score in the second inning; Tim Teuful made a nice call sending Buck, by the way; the More Cowgill jokes have got to stop... but the hitting must continue; and Duda looks really sound at the plate, today and the last week of Spring Training;
Terry Collins talked with reporters after the game and said:
[sny-box color="fff"]Jon Niese did not want to come out of the game, "He pitched a great game today."
Ruben Tejada's RBI single in the second inning was a 'huge hit,' which 'got the team going.'
John Buck controls the pitching staff as well as any catcher Collins has ever been around.
"Collin Cowgill took the opportunity and ran with it," "He's max effort all of the time."[/sny-box]
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra